Jim Carrey & Lawyer Respond To The Actor Being Sued By His Late Girlfriend's Estranged Husband

In news that may come as a shock to fans, comedian Jim Carrey is being sued by his late girlfriend's estranged husband, Mark Burton, who is claiming that the actor gave his ex, Cathriona White, gonorrhea and herpes, which he alleges triggered her suicide, according to the Daily Mail. White committed suicide last September; her estranged husband's lawsuit also claims that Carrey provided White with the prescription drugs she used to overdose, the Daily Mail reports.

Carrey responded to the lawsuit on Friday, telling the New York Daily News : "Is this the way a 'husband' honors the memory of his 'wife?' The real disease here is greed, shameful greed!"

Carrey's lawyer also emphatically denied any claims that the comedian gave White any sexually transmitted diseases. "The claim that Mr. Carrey gave Cathriona White an STD is categorically disputed. This is a desperate, bogus claim," his attorney told People , claiming that White contacted Carrey to get back together with him in November 2014 and that the couple were together until several weeks before her death.

Carrey's lawyer also called White and Burton's marriage "a sham" and claimed it was born out of necessity so that White (who was Irish) could stay in the United States.

According to the Daily Mail, Burton amended his lawsuit against Carrey on Thursday, Sept. 22, claiming that the actor gave White STDs (and lied about having any of his own), and also alleging that the actor "pressured her to keep quiet by signing a contract."

The Daily Mail obtained a series of alleged personal text messages between Carrey and White, in which the two allegedly discuss White's concern about bumps "down there," and Carrey's decision to break up with her.

People obtained a note that White allegedly wrote Carrey upon learning of her diagnosis in February 2013. In it, White allegedly wrote:

"I am 27-years-old and all that was left of me was a shell and a damaged one at that. Picking myself back up emotionally and mentally is one thing... Add in disease. How does someone move on and meet someone new?... I will always be damaged goods and have a stigma attached. So I have to accept something I was always afraid of. Being alone. Being abandoned and alone."
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According to a statement obtained by People, Carrey responded to the initial filing of the lawsuit as follows:

"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."