Drug use in Hollywood is under a microscope again amid a new lawsuit that claims actor Jim Carrey used his “immense wealth and celebrity status” to illegally obtain and distribute potentially deadly substances to his girlfriend Cathriona White, who died of a suicidal overdose at age 30 last year.
White’s estranged husband, Mark Burton, filed the suit Monday in Los Angeles. The suit also alleges that Carrey used the false name “Arthur King” to procure the pills. The suit also claims that the “drugs that caused White’s death … all came from three pill bottles found near her body bearing the name ‘Arthur King.'”
“Mr. Carrey did so despite the fact that he knew full well that Ms. White was ill equipped to ingest and manage highly additive prescription drugs outside the care of a licensed physician; was prone to depression; and had previously attempted to take her own life,” the lawsuit said.
Carrey has vehemently denied the allegations. “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,” he said in a statement. “I really hope that some day soon people will stop trying to profit from this and let her rest in peace.”
No matter the resolution of the case, the fact remains that Hollywood has a long history of stars who have either developed an addiction or lost their lives due to the abuse of prescription pills.