Jim Carrey’s late girlfriend was “pressured” by her estranged husband and lawyer to falsely accuse the actor of giving her herpes in 2013 shortly after a botched wax job left her “bumps,” a new lawsuit filed Friday claims.
The complaint says the men took advantage of Cathriona White’s anger over her January 2013 breakup with Carrey and urged her to seek “millions of dollars” with her fabricated allegation.
Filed by Carrey as a counter lawsuit to the wrongful death claims already pending against him, the new lawsuit says White actually had Herpes I and Herpes II before she began dating Carrey in September 2012.
It claims White, who ultimately died of suicide in 2015, got the bad wax job around Jan. 20, 2013, and sent a picture to husband Mark Burton showing him the resulting bumps on her underarm area.
“You should see the state of my va—a,” she told Burton, according to the complaint.
White reached out to Carrey a few days after texting Burton and claimed to be fearful she had a sexually transmitted disease, the filing states.
Carrey says White later told him she was examined on Jan. 28, 2013, and got a clean bill of health.
The couple was back together for much of that February but split up sometime after Valentine’s Day, the filing claims.
Following the breakup, White consulted lawyer Filippo Marchino at The X Law Group and began making demands Jim cough up serious cash or face public humiliation, the lawsuit states.
Marchino and Burton “encouraged, pressured, and pushed Cat to get millions of dollars from Jim and to take him for all that she could,” the filing states. “For her part, Cat was angry and upset by the breakup, and wanted to hurt Jim as badly as she could.”
In a statement Friday, Carrey said he “made the mistake” of “giving in and settling” the false allegations.
He said the prospect of mounting a public defense seemed too costly and painful, and he eventually reconciled with White after concluding she was being manipulated.
Carrey said he had no choice but to file his counter lawsuit after Burton and White’s estranged mother Brigid Sweetman launched new legal claims saying he caused White’s suicide in September 2015.
Cathriona White was allegedly found with three pill bottles next to her, all prescribed to a supposed alias for Jim Carrey.
“I will not give in a second time to these same fraudulent charges initiated by Cat’s husband in name but not substance, Mark Burton, and her estranged mother,” Carrey said in his statement.
“I was clearly blinded by my affection. Regardless, I will hold a place of empathy, and forgiveness for Cat and continue to focus on the many blessings in this life,” he said.
“Jim Carrey is so desperate to avoid the public knowing the truth about his own outrageous conduct, that he has now resorted to outlandish accusations against innocent people,” Michael J. Avenatti, the lawyer for Burton and Sweetman, said Friday.
“The guy is incoherent and unhinged. He needs help,” Avenatti said.
For his part, Carrey called Marchino and Burton “desperate characters” who took advantage of “the woman I adored.”
Carrey previously referred to Burton as White’s “green card husband.”
Burton and Sweetman originally filed separate complaints claiming Carrey obtained potentially lethal prescription drugs under a false name and made the pills available to White knowing she was prone to depression and previously attempted suicide.
Sweetman included the STD claims in her complaint as well.
The wrongful death lawsuits were consolidated in July.
In a statement from his representatives last year, Carrey blasted the STD allegations as “desperate” and “bogus.”
White, a makeup artist and photographer, dated Carrey on and off from 2012 until her death.