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Cathriona White, 30, was found dead in a Sherman Oaks, California, residence in September 2015. The lawsuit, filed by her husband, Mark Burton, in Los Angeles Superior Court, alleges that Carrey used a fake name and “his immense wealth and celebrity status to illegally obtain and distribute highly addictive and, in this case deadly, controlled substances.”
Burton, through the lawsuit, also alleges Carrey supplied White with prescription drugs despite knowing she was “prone to depression” and had previous suicide attempts.
Representatives for Carrey did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
Burton attorney Michael Avenatti told The Washington Post that White and Burton had been married since January 2013, but the lawyer declined to comment on the nature of their relationship at the time of her death “because it distracts from what this case is really about, which is Mr. Carrey’s conduct.”
The lawsuit alleges Carrey violated California’s Drug Dealer Liability Act, which allows people to file civil lawsuits against suppliers for harm caused by illegal drug use, and seeks unspecified damages. An autopsy showed White “had taken her own life by overdosing on a lethal amount of prescription drugs,” including Ambien, Propranolol and Percocet, all of which Carrey got using the fake name “Arthur King,” according to the lawsuit.
Shortly after White’s death, Carrey said in a statement that he was “shocked and deeply saddened by the passing of my sweet Cathriona. She was a truly kind and delicate Irish flower, too sensitive for this soil, to whom loving and being loved was all that sparkled.”
White, an Irish makeup artist, had been romantically linked with Carrey on and off since 2012.
Details from her autopsy were reported by various outlets this summer, including what drugs were found in her system and a note she had written to Carrey. The actor then released a statement lamenting the public release of her autopsy.
“When I came to Hollywood to make it as a comedian, I soon learned that the details of my private life would be handed out to the media like free dinner vouchers. I never dreamed that the people I love most in the world would also be on the menu,” Carrey said in a July statement. “What a shame.”