Nick Gordon has been ruled “legally responsible” for Bobbi Kristina Brown’s death after he failed to appear in court for the second time today.
Fulton County Superior Court Judge T. Jackson Bedford has declared that all allegations against Gordon in a $50 million wrongful-death civil lawsuit will be admitted through omission.
Brown’s conservator filed the suit against Gordon in August. The action accuses Gordon of assault, battery, intentional infliction of emotional distress, and transferring money from Brown’s bank account into his own without proper permissions. A jury will now determine the amount of damages to be awarded.
To date, no criminal charges have been filed against Gordon.
Bobbi Kristina Brown, the daughter of deceased pop-music icon Whitney Houston and R&B performer Bobby Brown, died at age 26 on July 22, 2015. She was discovered unconscious in a bathtub within the home she shared with Gordon. Her death was determined to be caused by drug intoxication and being immersed in water. Gordon has been described as her “long-term partner.”
Bobby Brown issued a statement following the ruling, saying: “Today’s judgment tells me it was Nick Gordon. Now I need to process all the emotions I have and learn on God to get me and my family through this.”
R. David Ware, an attorney for Brown’s conservator, told reporters: “In court today, we finally finished a long journey for justice for Bobbi Kristina Brown. The court agrees with us, by striking Mr. Gordon’s answer that he is legally responsible for her death. The only thing left to prove is the value of her life. We intend to do that. Bobbi Brown, the father represented by Craig Terry. Mr. Gordon will not put on any evidence in contradiction of that.”
Main photo: Nick Gordon, Bobbi Kristina Brown, Nick Gordon’s Instagram