It’s been a rough three years for Jim Carrey, but it looks like he can put one of the most painful times in his life behind him and try to move on.
In 2015, Carrey and his on-again/off-again girlfriend Cathriona White broke up, and she was found to have died of a drug overdose just a few days later.
White’s death was ruled a suicide and Carrey was a pallbearer at her funeral. After her death, Carrey released the following statement to ABC News:
“I am shocked and deeply saddened by the passing of my sweet Cathriona,” he said. “She was a truly kind and delicate Irish flower, too sensitive for this soil, to whom loving and being loved was all that sparkled. My heart goes out to her family and friends and to everyone who loved and cared about her.”
Suddenly, White’s family – along with her estranged husband Mark Burton – seemed to turn on Carrey and filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the actor in 2016.
In Burton’s lawsuit, he alleged that Carrey used his “immense wealth and celebrity status” to obtain and distribute “highly addictive” drugs to White, knowing she was “prone to depression” and had previously attempted suicide. Burton also alleged that Carrey used an alias to obtain those drugs and gave her three STDs.
Carrey has remained adamant that he had nothing to do with his former girlfriend’s suicide and that he would fight for what is right.
“What a terrible shame. It would be easy for me to get in a back room with this man’s lawyer and make this go away, but there are some moments in life when you have to stand up and defend your honor against the evil in this world,” Carrey said in a statement in 2016. “I will not tolerate this heartless attempt to exploit me or the woman I loved.
“Cat’s troubles were born long before I met her and sadly her tragic end was beyond anyone’s control. I really hope that someday soon people will stop trying to profit from this and let her rest in peace,” he added.