Jim Carrey slams 'shameful greed' of lawsuit
JIM Carrey has slammed the "shameful greed" of Cathriona White's ex-husband.
The 'Mask' actor has slammed Mark Burton - who is suing the 54-year-old star for the wrongful death of the make-up artist, who took her own life in September 2015 - after he shared text messages and a letter in his lawsuit paperwork, in which he reportedly showed Jim gave Cathriona three sexually-transmitted diseases (STDs) and ended their relationship when she confronted him about it.
But Jim has hit back at the texts - which included Cathriona alleging he branded Mark a "w***er" and her an "ungrateful b***h" in a note - being made public
He said in a statement: "Is this the way a 'husband' honours the memory of his 'wife?'
"The real disease here is greed, shameful greed!"
And the 'Ace Ventura: Pet Detective' star's lawyer, Marty Singer, has insisted the STD claims are "bogus" and insisted his famous client won't be handing over any money.
He said in a statement: "The claim that Mr. Carrey gave Cathriona White an STD is categorically disputed.
"This is a desperate, bogus claim made by the 'husband' of the sham marriage. My client will not pay money to end this opportunist's transparent shakedown lawsuit, and this malicious case will be dismissed.
"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."
The messages, from 2013, were included in an amendment to Mark's lawsuit earlier this week to include the allegation Cathriona was suicidal because of the STDs she believed to have contracted from Jim.
The lawsuit also claims Jim used his "immense wealth and celebrity status to illegally obtain and distribute highly addictive" drugs under a false name of Arthur King and supplied them to Cathriona.
But Mr. Singer insisted the actor's then-girlfriend "stole" the medication from his client.
He said in a statement: "Jim never supplied his prescription medications to Ms. White. Ms. White stole his prescription medications from him.
"Significantly, my client's prescriptions were legally obtained medications that were prescribed to him by his doctor in accordance with routine practices that are used all the time, and which are regularly used by SAG members and others with the knowledge of their doctors and insurers, to protect the privacy of well-known individuals."
But his lawyer has slammed the lawsuit as an "abhorrent money-grab scheme", insisting Burton is attempting to "cash in" on Cathriona's death.
He added: "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 state she did, now comes forward trying to cash in on her death.
"We are confident that the court will see through this abhorrent money-grab scheme."