Nick Gordon Ordered To Pay $36 Million
Bobbi Kristina Brown’s boyfriend, Nick Gordon, has been ordered to pay $36 million in a wrongful death case. Bobbi Kristina, the daughter of singers Whitney Houston and Bobby Brown, was found face-down and unresponsive in a bathtub in her suburban Atlanta townhome in January 2015. Gordon, who also lived there, and a friend were listed on the police report as being in the home when investigators arrived there. She was in a coma for six months before dying in hospice care at age 22 on July 26, 2015. Her death was similar to the way her mother, Whitney Houston, died in 2012.
A Fulton County Superior Court ruled in September that Gordon repeatedly failed to meet court deadlines in the civil suit. His order said that means the conservator of her estate wins by default.
The judge awarded damages of $36,250,000, the estate’s lawyers said.
There was an urgent need, in my mind, to get justice for Bobbi Kristina Brown and that’s why I took the case. We intend to pursue, with all vigor, the full collection of the judgment. We hope that in some small way this will allow Krissy’s family to continue their quest for peace.”
Bobby Brown and his daughter, LaPrincia Brown, Bobbi Kristina Brown’s half-sister, were among the witnesses who testified at the hearing.
The young woman’s family blamed Gordon, accusing him in the lawsuit of giving Brown a “toxic cocktail” before putting her face-down in the water. Gordon, an orphan three years older whom Houston had raised as her own, has not been charged with a crime.
Gordon wasn’t in court Thursday and did not have an attorney in the civil case, but his criminal defense attorneys, Joe Habachy and Jose Baez, had said in August 2015 that the allegations were baseless.
According to a report, investigators with the medical examiner’s office were unable to determine exactly how Brown had died. An autopsy showed she had morphine, cocaine, alcohol and prescription drugs in her body. But the medical examiner couldn’t determine if she killed herself, if someone else killed her or if her death was accidental.