Jim Carrey, pictured in 2015, is facing a civil suit  in connection with the suicide of his former girlfriend, Cathriona White. (Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP)

Jim Carrey, pictured in 2015, is facing a civil suit in connection with the suicide of his former girlfriend, Cathriona White. (Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP)

Scoop: Jim Carrey faces wrongful death lawsuit

Jim Carrey’s got some stuff to deal with: The husband of his former girlfriend Cathriona White — who was found dead last year of a drug overdose — is suing him for wrongful death.

The civil suit, filed Monday in Los Angeles by Mark Burton, accuses Carrey of illegally obtaining and giving White, 30, the painkillers she used to kill herself.

USA Today reports that Burton’s suit attempts to strip Carrey of his “grieving good guy” image, painting him as reckless and deceitful.

White, an Irish-born makeup artist, was found dead in a Sherman Oaks home on Sept. 28, 2015. The Los Angeles County coroner’s office later ruled she took her own life by overdosing on prescription drugs.

Burton, who was married to White at the time of her death, alleges Carrey obtained the drugs illegally under the name “Arthur King” and gave them to White even though he knew she was prone to depression.

Burton’s lawyer Michael Avenatti said he and Burton are asking for the Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office to launch an investigation into White’s death.

Burton is suing Carrey for violating the California Drug Dealer Liability Act and seeks damages and burial expenses, which Burton says Carrey promised to cover but never did.

“Not surprisingly, he never informed the media of his broken promise and decision to stiff the family,” the suit says, according to UPI.

On Monday, a representative from Carrey’s office told the Los Angeles Times a statement would be forthcoming.

EMMYS SLIGHT ACTRESSES

Sexism is alive and well, even at Sunday’s mostly uncontroversial Emmy Awards.

While six men nominated for outstanding lead in a drama series had vignettes of their work shown, their female counterparts didn’t get the same onscreen treatment moments later, observers on Twitter noted.

Kiefer Sutherland simply named nominees Taraji P. Henson, Claire Danes, Robin Wright, Viola Davis, Tatiana Maslany and Keri Russell, before giving Maslany the award.

QUICK TAKES

Although numbers rarely lie, Scoop finds it hard to stomach findings by the personal-finance website WalletHub, which ranked San Francisco as the 15th most fun city in the U.S. (out of 150), taking into account metrics ranging from “number of attractions” to “average open hours of breweries.” Even though The City was first in quantities of fitness centers, dance clubs, coffee shops, bike rental spots and hiking trials per capita, it wasn’t enough to place it in the top five: Las Vegas, Orlando, Miami, New Orleans and Salt Lake City.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY

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