Jim Carrey's late girlfriend Cathriona White forged STD test results in a prior attempt to extort the actor, according to an explosive new court filing
According to the motion filed Friday in Los Angeles, White altered her friend’s Planned Parenthood files to trick Carrey into believing that she did not have STDs before meeting him. Using a 2013 negative test result from her friend, White allegedly back dated the form to 2011 and presented the form to Carrey as her own.
Those same allegedly forged Planned Parenthood files are now being used in a wrongful death case filed against Carrey by White’s mother, Brigid Sweetman, and estranged husband, Mark Burton, Carrey’s new filing claims.
In response, Burton and Sweetman’s lawyer Michael Avenatti tells PEOPLE, “In a desperate attempt to save himself, Carrey has now resorted to outright falsehoods. Let’s see if his story holds up once he is under oath. It won’t.”
Both Sweetman and Burton claim Carrey obtained the drugs that White used to kill herself under a false name, and provided them to her despite knowing she was prone to depression and had previously attempted suicide. They also allege that Carrey gave White “three STDs without warning her.”
In the court documents, Carrey claims that in early 2013, White and her attorney at the time, Filippo Marchino, conspired to extort him “through smears and threats of public degradation via false allegations” that he had given White STDs.
But when Carrey did not respond to the alleged threats, the documents claim that White asked a friend for her Planned Parenthood records. “White’s intent in obtaining these records was clear — she cooked the records, creating forgeries with altered information, phony tests, and fictitious dates,” according to the documents.
In July 2013, Carrey’s motion states, “White and her attorney Marchino used the counterfeit records to extort money from Mr. Carrey.”
A year later, after White’s suicide in 2014, the documents claim, “White’s green-card husband and her distant, estranged and emotionally abusive mother decided to get a second bite at the apple and continued the torment of Carrey by filing a lawsuit claiming that he caused White’s death.”
According to the filing, “The entirety of this case rests on the premise that White contracted sexually transmitted diseases from Carrey and became so devastated that she committed suicide years later.”
However, the filing states that text messages between White and a friend, along with expert analysis, prove that White altered the results.
“On April 2, 2013, [White’s friend] had a routine appointment at Planned Parenthood to re-fill her birth control contraceptive. During her appointment, she gave a urine and blood sample for a routine HIV test and STD screening and was tested for Syphilis, Chlamydia, and Gonorrhea. The results were all negative,” the documents claim.
About a week later, Carrey alleges White asked her friend for a copy of the records and the friend agreed. According to copies of alleged text messages between White and her friend provided in the filing, White wrote the friend several times asking when the results would be ready.
At one point, the friend allegedly wrote White saying, “I don’t think there’s anything in the papers from Planned Parenthood that’ll help you babe.” White allegedly replied, “Still bring it I need to see the layout I have to give something.” White also allegedly wrote that she would “need to work on” the documents before giving them to a man purported in the documents to be Carrey.
“Though [her friend] never knew what White intended to do with her medical records or what she ultimately did with them, we now know that White, using a legitimate and official copy of her friend’s Planned Parenthood records, forged test results to ‘prove’ the lie that she had tested negative for sexually transmitted diseases just prior to her relationship with Carrey and to support her attempt to extort millions of dollars from her famous ex-boyfriend,” the filing states.
In addition to allegedly changing information on the results to make them look like her own, the documents claim White dated them to 2011, a time prior to her meeting Carrey.
The documents also allege that White explained certain discrepancies in the information on the test results by claiming that she “used the name and information of her friend” to avoid “immigration issues” as she was living in the country illegally at the time.
“This, however, was a blatant lie because, as we now know, [the friend] never visited Planned Parenthood on December 28, 2011 or any other time in December 2011,” the filing states.
The new motion also contains an analysis of the STD results by Sean A. Espley, a forensic document examiner, who concluded White’s “alleged 2011 medical records are composite documents or a classic electronic ‘cut and paste.’ “
If the court finds that the STD results are fake, and that Burton knew they were a fake when he submitted them, Carrey is asking that the claims against him be dismissed.
“[Burton’s] claims are based on an utter sham, and his false responses to discovery as well as production of forged records constitutes an abuse of the discovery process warranting terminating sanctions,” according to the filing.