According to The Huffington Post, Nick Gordon was found legally responsible for the July 2015 death of longtime girlfriend Bobbi Kristina Brown on Friday, multiple reports confirm. The Brown estate filed a $50 million wrongful death suit against Gordon shortly after the death of Bobbi Kristina. The suit alleged that the daughter of Bobby Brown and Whitney Houston, who was found unconscious in January 2015, had been in an altercation with her boyfriend, who put her in a bathtub and injected her with a “toxic cocktail” of drugs.
The 22-year-old was placed in a medically induced coma and succumbed to her injuries six months later. The suit, which was first filed last June, also alleged that Gordon stole more than $11,000 from Brown’s account after she was found unresponsive in January, and accused Gordon of assault, battery, intentional infliction of emotional distress, unjust enrichment and conversion.
According to E!, Brown’s father Bobby also became a plaintiff in the suit as of May 2016. Gordon neglected to show up to court on two separate occasions, meaning anything alleged by Brown’s conservator in the suit against him was admitted through omission, according to Fulton County Superior Court Judge T. Jackson Bedford, per NBC.
“We have said all along that we believed Nick Gordon was responsible for the death of Bobbi Kristina Brown. This judgment confirms our belief. Mr. Gordon had every opportunity to appear in Court and attempt to clear his name. He declined,” said a statement to E! News from Brown’s father’s legal team.
Still, Gordon hasn’t been criminally charged in Brown’s death. Her father also spoke out in light of the judge’s decision, indicating he was pleased with the news while also expressing his grief, according to People.
“Today’s judgment tells me it was Nick Gordon,” he said. “Now I need to process all the emotions I have and lean on God to get me and my family through this.”