Jim Carrey has been cleared of playing a part in his ex-girlfriend Cathriona White’s suicide after a wrongful death lawsuit was dismissed in California.
Her estranged mother and the dead woman’s former husband had sued Carrey, claiming he gave her sexually-transmitted diseases and provided the drugs she used when she took her own life in September 2015, aged 30.
However, the 56-year-old actor’s lawyer has now proved that Miss White forged medical records to make it appear that she had no STDs before meeting Carrey.
Last year the Hollywood star claimed the Irish make-up artist had blackmailed him over claims he had given her herpes. He said that he paid her an undisclosed sum in 2013.
The actor’s attorney Raymond Boucher found that Miss White, a makeup artist from Ireland, had edited the patient information on a friend’s 2011 STD test to make it seem the records were her own.
Miss White, who dated the actor on and off for three years, used the friend’s medical records and changed the name and date on them.
Texts between Miss White and the unnamed friend show that she asked the friend to obtain her medical records from Planned Parenthood.
One text sent from Miss White reportedly reads: ‘I need to see the layout… I will need to work on it before I give it to him.’
Last year Carrey claimed that between March and August 2013, Cathriona threatened to ‘go to the press’ with false claims that he had given her STDs unless he paid her ‘millions of dollars.’
THE LETTER BY CATRIONA WHITE FOUND AFTER HER DEATH BLAMING JIM CARREY FOR HERPES
This note was discovered on the late Miss White’s iPad after her death, by lawyers working on behalf of her mother and Miss White’s American husband. It was written in 2013, but it is not known if it was ever seen by Carrey.
She writes: ‘You have not thought about the stigma I have to live with for the rest of my life, you have not apologized or once asked is there something you can do to make it better or even felt bad for it.
‘Or even ask me how I’m feeling about it. Instead you did a whole lot of screaming and turned it around on me.
‘Have you even once sat down and really thought how this affects me? I still love you and I believed that you sent that text because you cared about me.
‘I was going to tell my lawyer that I didn’t want to go any further with it when I realized you changed lawyers and you were advised to text me. It wasn’t coming from you at all, you probably hate me and are saying whatever is necessary.
‘The decent thing to do, what is that? I think keeping quiet and private about it when I want to scream from the rooftops is a decent thing to do . You know what I want and it’s nothing to do with money.
‘I didn’t get a lawyer so I can take your money and I’m probably going to get in trouble for texting you. I’m sure you will use it against me but I wanted to say this Thursday. Whatever the lawyers decide to do I don’t care.
‘This is what I want, you gave me hsv and hpv, I want you to apologize for it because you care enough to. I want you to understand that however little a thing seems to you, it ruins a girl’s life.
‘I want you to take care when you are with other girls and pay attention to your body your actions effect people. I don’t want to be disrespected like you have been doing.
‘Before you, I might not have had very much but I had respect, I was a happy person. I loved life, I was confident and I felt good in my skin and was proud of most decisions I made, I met you, you introduced me to cocaine, prostitutes, mental abuse and disease. You did good things for me but being with you broke me down as a person Jim. I was promise Jekyll and instead I got Hyde.
‘Because I love you I would have stuck out Hyde all year and done everything he wanted to be with Jekyll for 5 of those but you threw me away when you absorbed anything worthwhile that was left of me.’
He also revealed that he had already paid her an undisclosed sum of money in 2013 to settle her STD claims.
In a note written by Miss White on her iPad in that year, only discovered after her death two years later, she blamed the actor for exposing her to a debauched life of sex and drugs and scorned him for ‘giving her’ herpes.
A text exchange between the couple in January and February of 2013, during their short reconciliation, shows that Miss White had been concerned about bumps on her genitals.
She wrote to the actor that she was worried that it could be symptoms of an STD. Carrey appears to have attempted to defuse the situation, replying that: ‘Aggravated folacles [sic] or bumps are normal when you shave or have vigorous sex.’
A few weeks later, she brought it up again with Carrey, writing that she had found bumps again and wanted to ‘get checked’.
During the subsequent text exchange, Carrey writes ‘It could be from someone before me.’
Ms Sweetman and Mr Burton had also claimed in their now dismissed lawsuit that Carrey had illegally obtained and provided Miss White with the drugs she used to take her own life.
White’s autopsy, which was released in July 2016, showed that she died from a fatal overdose of prescription pills including Ambien, Popranolol and Percocet.
The lawsuit claimed that bottles of these had been found next to her body, prescribed to an ‘Arthur King’, an alias Ms Sweetman and Mr Burton allege had been used by Carrey.
Following the dismissal of the lawsuit, a spokesperson for Carrey confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter the matters were dismissed on January 25, but had no comment to make beyond saying ‘Jim is looking forward to moving on with his life now’.
Michael Avenatti, the attorney acting for her mother Brigid Sweetman and her husband Mark Burton issued a brief statement on their behalf.
It read: ‘We have no further comment at this time.’
In October last year, Carrey filed a countersuit against his accusers, insisting they were trying to extort him.
In a statement at the time, Carrey said: ‘Unfortunately, I made the mistake three years ago of giving in and settling false claims made against me by Mr. Marchino [Miss White’s lawyer], on behalf of Cat, as mounting a public defense is a very costly and painful process.
‘At the time I felt Cat was being exploited by Marchino.
‘Since this new case was filed, I have discovered the depth of deception behind those false claims, the kind of deception decent people fall for, because to us, such behaviour is unimaginable.
TIMELINE OF ROMANCE
2012: Carrey and White meet on a film set as she works as a make-up artist
October 2012: Carrey claims he hires a lawyer to draft a prenuptial agreement and plans to marry her
January 7 2013: The pair break up
January 9: She marries Mark Burton in Las Vegas
January 20 2013: She has a ‘bad wax job’ but tells Carrey bumps on her genitals may be STD
February 2013: They reconcile briefly then break up again
End of February 2013: White tells her therapist she has contracted several STDs from Carrey
April 2013: She pens iPad note blaming him for the STDs and demanding an apology
Mid-2013 – November 2014: Carrey claims she demanded money in exchange for silence on STD claims and received it
November 2014: The pair start speaking again
May 2015: They reunite as a couple
September 14, 2015: White’s 30th birthday when Carrey said she allegedly received a cruel message from her mother
September 28, 2015: White kills herself by taking cocktail of pills and drugs
‘I will not give in a second time to these same fraudulent charges initiated by Cat’s husband in name but not substance Mark Burton, and her estranged mother.
‘Nor am I responsible for what these desperate characters have inadvertently unearthed about the woman I adored.
‘I was clearly blinded by my affection.
‘Regardless, I will hold a place of empathy, and forgiveness for Cat and continue to focus on the many blessings in this life (sic).’
Cathriona White was from Cappawhite, a small town in Co. Tipperary, Ireland.
As a child and teenager, she was an avid camogie player, a stick-and-ball team game played mainly by women in Ireland and the Irish diaspora.
She had two siblings, James and Lisa, and three half-siblings, and is said to have had a close relationship with her stepmother Brid, while her relationship with her biological mother – Ms Sweetman who sued Carrey – was strained.
She qualified as a beauty therapist at the Limerick College of Further Education and moved to Los Angeles in 2009, where she ended up working as a stylist and make-up artist.
Miss White is also reported to have been a Scientologist, having taken several classes at a the Hollywood Celebrity Center after befriending a group of young people in the entertainment industry who were members of the church.