In 2010, the Star Wars icon allowed Amy Breliant, 21, to stay at her Los Angeles property for "rehabilitation" purposes as part of an arrangement with Warren Boyd, who ran a sober living network and used the star's guesthouse for the programme.

However, Breliant suffered a fatal overdose two months later, in September, 2010, and in 2013, her mother, Gianna, filed a wrongful death suit against Boyd, Fisher, and physician Stephen Marmer.

Gianna had turned to Boyd for help with her child's treatment for heroin addiction, but claimed his programme was costly and ineffective, and ultimately a fraudulent scam - allegations he has denied, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Fisher was drawn into the dispute due to her property agreement with Boyd, who paid her a share of profits each month in exchange for his use of her guesthouse, but she tried to distance herself from any direct involvement in the scandal and filed a motion to be dropped as a defendant.

Her request was denied by Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Laura A. Matz on 24 October (16), when the official declared: "Fisher has failed to meet her burden to establish that she cannot be found responsible, as a matter of law, for the conduct of Boyd, a joint venturer."

As a result, the actress remains a defendant in the case, which is expected to head to trial in May (17).

Gianna Breliant's attorney, Stephen G. Larson, applauded the decision in a statement, which reads: "We are very pleased with the court's ruling and look forward to being able to hold those people that we believe are responsible for Amy's tragic death at the trial in this matter.

"As alleged in our complaint, Warren Boyd used Carrie Fisher's celebrity status as one of the instruments by which he conducted his fraudulent drug rehabilitation practice that we believe led to Amy's death."

Fisher's attorney, Vicki Greco, has declined to comment on the ruling, but the 60-year-old star offered up her own feelings about Breliant's loss, stating, "I feel great compassion for any parent's loss of their child in an untimely death. I have a daughter. To lose a child is an unimaginable tragedy and the grief must be devastating. Unfortunately, I am not able to talk about the details of this case because it is ongoing."