Jim Carrey's lawyers slam claim he gave tragic ex STDs
Lawyers for the actor Jim Carrey have criticised new allegations in a wrongful death lawsuit claiming he gave sexually transmitted diseases to his ex-girlfriend Cathriona White.
The star is being sued by Ms White's estranged husband, Mark Burton, over claims that he illegally provided the Irish make-up artist with prescription drugs involved in her suicide.
An amended lawsuit filed in Los Angeles alleges Ms White learned that Carrey had given her herpes type 1, herpes type 2 (genital herpes) and gonorrhoea in 2013 - and that he pressured her to keep quiet.
In response to the latest claims, Carrey's lawyer, Martin Singer, said the accusation that his client gave Ms White an STD was "bogus" and "categorically disputed".
"My client will not pay money to end this opportunist's transparent shakedown lawsuit, and this malicious case will be dismissed," Mr Singer added.
"Mr Carrey has suffered a great deal in the last year with the suicide of the woman he dearly loved, and it is outrageous that he should be subjected to this predatory lawsuit."
Ms White, from Cappawhite, Co Tipperary, was found dead at her Los Angeles home in September last year after overdosing on prescription drugs.
In the lawsuit, Mr Burton claims Carrey used his "immense wealth and celebrity status" to illegally obtain drugs that caused Ms White's death.
The complaint alleges that the star of The Mask provided drugs to Ms White, despite knowing she was "ill-equipped" to take them, that she was prone to depression and had previously tried to kill herself.
The lawsuit alleges Ms White sent text messages to Carrey in 2013 saying that she suspected she had contracted an STD.
It claims that Carrey (54), tried to downplay her symptoms - and later suggested she could have contracted them from someone else.
"Ms White ultimately acquiesced to Carrey's demands and agreed to keep quiet about what he had done to her and the STDs he had given her," the lawsuit allegeds. "However, Ms White continued to struggle emotionally with what Carrey had done and how he manipulated and pressured her, even in the months and days leading to her death.
"This ultimately was a significant cause of Ms White ending her life."
In a statement released earlier this week, Carrey described the lawsuit as a "heartless attempt" to exploit him and "the woman I loved".