Nick Gordon, the partner of Bobbi Kristina Brown, has been ordered by a judge to pay $36 million in a wrongful death case, according to lawyers representing Brown’s estate.
Brown, the daughter of Whitney Houston and Bobby Brown, was found face-down and unresponsive in a bathtub in her Atlanta home in January 2015. The wrongful death lawsuit, filed by Brown’s estate, claimed that Gordon, who lived with Brown, and a friend were in the home when investigators arrived on the scene. Brown was in a coma for six months and later died on July 26, 2015. She was 22.
Fulton County Superior Court Judge T. Jackson Bedford ruled in September that Gordon repeatedly failed to meet court deadlines in the civil suit, therefore ordering that the conservator of Brown’s estate wins by default. On Thursday, Bedford awarded damages of $36,250,000.
“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,” attorney David Ware said in a statement. “We hope that in some small way this will allow Krissy’s family to continue their quest for peace.”
Brown’s family blamed Gordon, accusing him of giving Brown a “toxic cocktail” before putting her face-down in the water. Gordon, however, has not been charged with a crime.
Bobbi Kristina’s death was eerily similar to the way her mother died. Houston, too, was found unresponsive in a bathtub at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Hollywood just before the 2012 Grammy Awards.