A judge has ruled that actor Jim Carrey will stand trial for the wrongful death of his Irish girlfriend, Cathríona White

Efforts by 55-year-old Carrey’s legal team to have proceedings thrown out were struck down by the Judge Deirdre Hill, who ruled that allegations he used his “wealth, influence and celebrity status” to procure prescription drugs for White should go to trial.

Further, she ruled that the jury will hear evidence as to whether or not Carrey gave White a sexually transmitted infection.

Carrey denies the charges brought against him and has previously described them as “malicious” and “predatory.”

White died in September 2015 following an overdose. Carrey attended her funeral as a pallbearer in the County Tipperary town of Cappawhite.

Shortly after he learned of her death, Carrey paid tribute to her as, “a truly kind and delicate Irish flower, too sensitive for this soil, to whom loving and being loved was all that sparkled.”