UPDATE (9/20 at 9:45am): Jim Carrey has responded to the wrongful death lawsuit, calling it "heartless." Read his full statement via TIME below:
“What a terrible shame. It would be easy for me to get in a back room with this man’s lawyer and make this go away, but there are some moments in life when you have to stand up and defend your honor against the evil in this world. I will not tolerate this heartless attempt to exploit me or the woman I loved. I really hope that some day soon people will stop trying to profit from this and let her rest in peace.”
Original Story (9/19 at 4:15pm): Mark Burton, the estranged husband of Jim Carrey's late girlfriend Cathriona White, is accusing the actor of illegally obtaining prescription drugs to give to her, Page Six reports. Burton filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Carrey, and is also suing him for violation of the drug dealer liability act.
The suit claims the actor was allegedly getting the prescriptions under the name Arthur King. "This is a case about Jim Carrey using his immense wealth and celebrity status to illegally obtain and distribute highly addictive and, in this case, deadly, controlled substances," it states.
According to E! News, Burton further claims Carrey lent White the drugs "despite the fact that he knew full well that Ms. White was ill equipped to ingest and manage highly addictive prescription drugs outside the care of a licensed physician; was prone to depression; and had previously attempted to take her own life." Burton was separated from his wife during the time of her death.
Cathriona White, who first met in 2012 and was in an on-off relationship with Carrey, committed suicide via drug overdose on Sept. 28, 2015.