Jim Carrey has broken his silence about the lawsuit filed against him by his late girlfriend Cathriona White’s estranged husband Mark Burton.
In a statement obtained by E! News, Carrey clarified that he had nothing to do with his girlfriend’s death and that he thinks the lawsuit is just a ploy to exploit him. The comedian also said that he would have kept his silence about the issue, but he found it necessary to defend himself “against the evil in this world.”
“Cat’s troubles were born long before I met her and sadly her tragic end was beyond anyone’s control,” the actor said. “I really hope that someday soon people will stop trying to profit from this and let her rest in peace.”
In the suit filed against Carrey, Burton alleges that the comedian had a hand at White’s death. Burton said he believes Carrey obtained illegal drugs for White under the false name Arthur King. The suit also claims that Carrey covered up his involvement in White’s death by saying he did not know of the existence of the drugs that White took. The suit also says Carrey’s lack of action when he learned that White was missing is a form of criminal negligence.
Burton also accused Carrey of not fulfilling his promise of taking care of White’s funeral expenses. White’s body was found by four of her friends in her apartment in September 2015. Autopsy reports say the cause of death was suicide. A few days before her body was found, White posted a message on Twitter, saying: “Signing off Twitter, I hope I have been a light to my nearest and dearest. [Peace and love] to [you] all.”
A suicide note addressed to Carrey was reportedly also found in White’s home.
Carrey and White first started dating in 2012. They broke up in 2013 and got back together in 2015.