Jim Carrey will face a wrongful death trial over his ex-girlfriend Cathriona White’s suicide – after he failed to get her mother to pay him £290,000 to cover costs for the trial upfront.
Cathriona’s mum Brigid Sweetman and estranged husband Mark Burton blame the comedian for the Irish beautician’s death, believing she became depressed when she contracted a sexually transmitted disease from him. They also blame the actor because they allege he provided the drugs she used to take her own life in September 2015.
Jim has denied all accusations and requested a bond from Brigid to cover the costs of what he deemed to be a “shakedown” trial. But he has now dropped the request because of Brigid’s “stated claims of indigency and illness.”
And according to the MailOnline, Carrey, 55, agreed to meet Brigid in person in a bid to settle the case, but a lawyer for Cathriona’s family insisted they still want to see the star face trial next April.
Michael Avenatti told the Daily Telegraph newspaper: “In light of the court’s recent rulings entirely in our favour, we look forward to the trial in April against Mr Carrey.
“The public deserves to know the truth.”
The ‘Dumb and Dumber’ star’s own lawyer, Ray Boucher, insisted the meeting isn’t about reaching a settlement.
He said: “There is no attempt to settle. Right now we are fighting over the discovery.”
Cathriona was found dead in her home after overdosing on a lethal amount of Ambien, Propranolol, and Percocet, none of which she had a prescription for, and Jim has been accused of giving Cathriona three sexually-transmitted diseases and pressuring her into keeping quiet about them before her death.
Jim has denied all the allegations against him, with his lawyer slamming them as “predatory” and “malicious”.
He added: “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.”
The 20-day trial is due to begin on April 26.
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