LOS ANGELES (AFP/WASHINGTON POST) - Veteran comic actor Jim Carrey was sued on Monday for allegedly procuring drugs under a bogus name for his ex-girlfriend who died of an overdose last year and then trying to hide his involvement.
According to the suit filed in Los Angeles Superior Court by Mark Burton, the estranged husband of Carrey's former girlfriend Cathriona White, the actor "used his immense wealth and celebrity status" to obtain opioids for White.
Burton alleges that the actor purchased the drugs under the bogus name "Arthur King" and then "took steps to conceal and obfuscate his involvement and culpability" after White's death.
Carrey's publicist could not immediately be reached for comment.
The suit alleges that Carrey, 54, was obsessed with controlling and manipulating the 30-year-old woman with whom he had an on-again, off-again relationship since 2012 and was able to monitor surveillance cameras at a home in the Los Angeles area where White often stayed.
The actor and his assistant allegedly were aware that White, an Irish makeup artist, had not left the home for well over a day in September, when she died, but failed to act.
News reports at the time of White's death said that she and Carrey had broken up a few days earlier.
She sent a cryptic message on her Twitter account on the day the couple broke up that read: "Signing off Twitter, I hope I have been a light to my nearest and dearest."
According to the coroner's office, White took her own life by overdosing on a lethal amount of prescription drugs including Ambien, Propranolol and a massive dose of Percocet.
The suit alleges that three pill bottles found near her body bore the name "Arthur King." Carrey allegedly obtained the drugs from a physician who routinely prescribed them to the actor under the false name.
The suit claims that the Canadian-born comedian tried to cover up his tracks by sending a "bogus text message" to White on Sept 27, when she was already dead, enquiring as to the whereabouts of the drugs.
Burton also claims the actor engaged in a "charade" after White's death, reneging on his offer to pay for funeral expenses. The lawsuit seeks unspecified damages as well as reimbursement for funeral expenses and attorney fees.
Shortly after White's death, Carrey said in a statement that he was "shocked and deeply saddened by the passing of my sweet Cathriona. She was a truly kind and delicate Irish flower, too sensitive for this soil, to whom loving and being loved was all that sparkled."
Carrey's statement in 2015 continued: "My heart goes out to her family and friends and to everyone who loved and cared about her. We have all been hit with a lightning bolt." The actor attended White's funeral, and a photo published by People shows him helping to carry the casket.
Details from her autopsy were reported by various outlets this summer, including what drugs were found in her system and a note she had written to Carrey.
The actor then released a statement lamenting the public release of her autopsy. "When I came to Hollywood to make it as a comedian, I soon learnt that the details of my private life would be handed out to the media like free dinner vouchers. I never dreamt that the people I love most in the world would also be on the menu," he said in a July statement. "What a shame."