Jim Carrey has been ordered to face trial for the wrongful death of his girlfriend Cathriona White.
Carrey gave Cathriona White three STIs and provided plied her with prescription drugs that led to her suicide, according to her parents.
A judge confirmed a trial would go ahead over claims the actor, 55, used his ‘wealth, influence and celebrity status’ to provide the prescription drugs on which Cathriona White, 30, overdosed.
The Irish make-up artist’s husband Mark Burton and her mother Brigid Sweetman are suing the Dumb And Dumber star in Los Angeles.
Daily Mail reports: Michael Avenatti, who represents the pair, said, ‘In light of the court’s recent rulings entirely in our favour, we look forward to the trial in April.
‘The public deserves to know the truth.’
Carrey’s lawyer Raymond Boucher had asked Los Angeles Superior Court to strike out the case.
But Judge Deirdre Hill ruled that Carrey should face a jury over the claims of wrongful death and allegations under the Drug Dealer Liability Act.
She also ruled against Carrey’s privacy request and said the jury should hear medical evidence regarding claims that he gave Ms White three sexually transmitted diseases.
Court documents detailed texts between the pair, in which White said she was concerned about STIs, and Carrey sought to reassure her.
White, who began dating The Mask actor in 2012, contracted both herpes and chlamydia in 2013.
Carrey reportedly dismissed claims that he transmitted them to her and said she had contracted them from someone else.
Following the confrontation, the pair broke up, with Carrey sending her a text message saying: ‘You have become too much drama.’
A letter from White was also shown, in which she told Carrey she felt she had been ‘disrespected, degraded, called a w***e, an opportunist, threatened.’
She continued: ‘I will always be damaged goods, have a stigma attached.’
It was not clear when the letter was written.
Mr Boucher denied that Carrey would now attempt to settle the case, adding: ‘We are preparing for trial.’
Carrey also dropped a request for Ms Sweetman to put a bond of 372,000 dollars (£290,000) aside to go towards the comedian’s costs if he is successful in fending off the case.
Mr Boucher wrote to the court asking for the request to be dismissed on the basis that Ms Sweetman lacks the means to pay and is ill.
Ms White, from Cappawhite, Co Tipperary, was found dead in her Los Angeles home in September 2015.
Canadian-born Carrey previously dismissed the allegations as ‘malicious’ and ‘predatory’.
The 20-day trial is due to begin on April 26.
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