Nick Gordon Ordered To Pay $36 Million To Bobbi Kristina’s family
Nick Gordon has been ordered to pay $36 million US dollars after he was found responsible for the overdose death of his late girlfriend Bobbi Kristina Brown – the daughter of Whitney Houston.
Bobbi Kristina was found face-down in a foot of water, passed out in a bathtub after she overdosed in January 2015,
Gordon was also at their home in Atlanta at the time.
Authorities found prescription drugs and evidence of heart disease and cocaine in Houston’s body and determined her death was an accidental drowning.
She was in a coma for six months, but died in a hospice aged 22.
Her mother, world famous singer Whitney Houston, was also found dead lying face down in a bathtub, at the Beverley Hilton Hotel just before the 2012 Grammy Awards.
Today, a judge in Atlanta on Thursday ordered Gordon to pay Bobbi Kristina’s family $36 million in a wrongful death case, her estate’s lawyers said.
Bobbi Kristina’s family blamed Gordon, accusing him in a lawsuit of giving Brown a ‘toxic cocktail’ before putting her face-down in the water.
Their lawyer David Ware 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.’
Whitney Houston and Bobby Brown were married 15 years before their relationship ended in 2007. Bobbi Kristina was their only child together.
Bobby Brown and his daughter, LaPrincia Brown, Bobbi Kristina Brown’s half-sister, were among the witnesses who testified at Thursday’s hearing.
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.
They also said that Gordon is ‘heartbroken’ and called the suit a ‘fictitious assault.’
Investigators with the medical examiner’s office were unable to determine exactly how Bobbi Kristina 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.
Dontaye Carter, a spokesman for Fulton County District Attorney Paul Howard, said in an email Thursday that her death is still under investigation.
In August 2015, family and friends gathered at a cemetery in New Jersey and buried Bobbi Kristina Brown next to her mother.
Gordon has not been charged with a crime.