Mark Burton wants Jim Carrey to surrender his private jet.
The reason why is contained in a nine-page wrongful demise lawsuit that Burton, the estranged spouse of Carreys late ex-girlfriend Cathriona White, are presented in Los Angeles Superior Court on Monday( PDF ).
The suit alleges that the Dumb& Dumber star utilized his immense wealth and celebrity status to procure the prescription painkillers that White used to commit suicide by overdose last September and then tried to cover up his complicity in her demise by sending a bogus text message to his already-deceased ex-girlfriend pretending as though he had misplaced the drugs.
Burton further accuses the Hollywood actor of backing out on a promise to pay for Whites funeral expenses after collecting positive media coverage of himself as a grieving, good guy.
Where does Carreys Gulfstream V aircraft come into play? Not merely is Burton trying injuries, his objection states that he intends to proceed with a request for the court to take the plane as part of a prejudgment attachment of Carreys assets in order to provide for gratification of the likely significant award.
Mark Burtons lawyer, Michael Avenatti, told The Daily Beast that Burton would not be speaking to press at this time but hinted at farther action against Carrey.
We will also be calling on the district attorneys office of Los Angeles to launch an investigation into Mr. Carreys role in connection with the death of Ms. White, Avenatti told The Daily Beast.
What a terrible dishonor, Carrey said in a statement Monday evening. It would be easy for me to get into a back room with this mans lawyer and make this go forth, but there are some moments in life when you have to stand up and defend your honor against the evil in this world. I will not tolerate this heartless attempt to exploit me or the woman I loved. Cats troubles were born long before I gratified her and sadly her tragic end was beyond anyones control. I genuinely hope that some day soon people will stop trying to profit from this and let her rest in peace.
In a statement to the press, Marty Singer, Carrey’s attorney, used to say the “completely meritless” lawsuit was “an outlandish shakedown” and “an abhorrent money-grab scheme.” He also cast doubt on the nature of Burton and White’s relationship.
“Ms. White was not a U.S. citizen and she faced the return to Ireland when she and Burton married, but during that ‘marriage’ she lived in California while he lived in Oregon and Utah, ” Singer wrote. “It is despicable that Burton, who claims to have been Ms. White’s husband but never lived with her and did not even reside in the same country she did , now comes forward trying to cash in on her death.”
Burtons IMDB profile lists him as a 39 -year-old boom and camera operator, known for his is currently working on a web series called The Online Gamer. Public records show that he and White, a Hollywood makeup artist from Ireland, were marriedin Las Vegas in 2013, but the pair had been separated for an unspecified amount of day prior to her September 2015 demise. As People noted after Whites suicide, few people, including some relatives, were even aware she had a spouse. Not even the gossip rags have been able to uncover much about their marriage.
Carrey and the 30 -year-old White dated intermittently between 2013 and 2015, but the pair reportedly split days before the latter overdosed in her home. As the New York Daily News reported, she left behind a note that told, Ive spent three days now in skepticism that youre not here. I can go on brokenhearted and to continue efforts to set the pieces back. I could, I merely dont have the will at this time.
Her body was found on Sept. 28 near pill bottles bearing the name Arthur King. A toxicology report obtained by the Daily News proved oxycodone and oxymorphone in her system as well as a beta blocker and a sedative.
A text message that police found on Whites phone, the Daily News added, revealed that Carrey had asked if she knew where his painkillers he kept under the sink had gone.
After Whites death, Carrey released a statement calling her a genuinely kind and sensitive Irish flower, too sensitive for this soil, to whom loving and being loved was all that sparkled. He served as a pallbearer for her October 2015 funeral in Ireland, and it was widely reported that he had offered to help cover the costs.