The reason why is contained in a nine-page wrongful death lawsuit that Burton, the estranged husband of Carrey’s late ex-girlfriend Cathriona White, filed in Los Angeles Superior Court on Monday.
The suit alleges that the Dumb & Dumber star used “his immense wealth and celebrity status” to obtain the prescription painkillers that White used to commit suicide by overdose last September and then tried to cover up “his complicity in her death” by sending a “bogus text message” to his already-deceased ex-girlfriend “pretending as though he had misplaced the drugs.”
Burton further accuses the Hollywood actor of backing out on a promise to pay for White’s funeral expenses after collecting positive media coverage of himself as a “grieving, good guy.”
Where does Carrey’s Gulfstream V aircraft come into play? Not only is Burton seeking damages, his complaint states that he “intends to proceed” with a request for the court to take the plane as part of a “prejudgment attachment of Carrey’s assets…in order to provide for satisfaction of the likely significant award.”
The office of Jim Carrey’s publicist, Marleah Leslie, promised that a statement would be forthcoming shortly. Mark Burton’s attorney, Michael Avenatti, told The Daily Beast that Burton would not be speaking to press at this time but hinted at further action against Carrey.
“We will also be calling on the district attorney’s office of Los Angeles to launch an investigation into Mr. Carrey’s role in connection with the death of Ms. White.”
After White’s death, Carrey released a statement calling her “a truly kind and delicate Irish flower, too sensitive for this soil, to whom loving and being loved was all that sparkled.” He served as a pallbearer for her October 2015 funeral in Ireland, and it was widely reported that he had offered to help cover the costs.
Burton’s lawsuit, however, presents a radically different narrative for the events of last September.
His complaint alleges that Jim Carrey is indeed the “Arthur King” listed on the pill bottles and that he gave White illegally obtained prescriptions despite knowing that she “was prone to depression” and “had previously attempted to take her own life.”
The complaint also alleges that Carrey had an “obsession with controlling and manipulating White,” and that he had an assistant track her movements with surveillance cameras that were installed “in a home [she] often stayed at.” Burton accuses Carrey’s assistant of knowing that White had not left the house “for well over a day” sometime after entering it Sept. 24, and of not immediately notifying the authorities despite a conspicuous lack of movement.
Then came the text message, which Burton claims was “an effort to cover-up his conduct.”
The complaint concludes by accusing Carrey “and his handlers” of going out of their way to “publicize his supposed generosity” around paying for the funeral even though he allegedly “never paid a dime of funeral expenses.”
Burton is asking for damages under the Drug Dealer Liability Act and damages for wrongful death, alleging that Carrey “directly and proximately” caused White “mental and physical distress, which resulted in her untimely death.”