Nick Gordon has been ordered by a Georgia judge to pay $36 million in Bobbi Kristina Brown’s wrongful death case, her estate’s lawyers have said.
Whitney Houston’s daughter was found unresponsive in a bath in her Atlanta home in 2015.
Bobbi Kristina Brown’s family accused Nick Gordon of plying her with a “toxic mixture” before putting her face down in the water.
Nick Gordon has not been criminally charged in connection with her death.
However, he was found liable in September following a default judgment in a civil case because he failed to appear in court.
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Nick Gordon did not appear at the civil hearing, nor did he appoint a lawyer, but his legal representatives have previously described the allegations as baseless.
Bobbi Kristina Brown was in a coma for six months before dying in a hospice aged 22 in July 2015 as a result of immersion in water and drug intoxication, according to medical records.
A post-mortem report was unable to determine whether death was due to intentional or accidental causes.
Bobbi Kristina Brown died in similar circumstances to her mother, who also died in a bathtub in 2012 with heart disease and cocaine use listed as contributing factors.
Her estate had been seeking at least $40 million from Nick Gordon in its wrongful death lawsuit against him, which was filed in October 2015.
Nick Gordon was accused of assault, battery, intentional infliction of emotional distress, and transferring money from Bobbi Kristina Brown’s account into his own without authorization.
In a statement after November 17 court order one of the lawyers acting for her family said: “Bobbi suffered such horrific pain and degradation at the hands of Nick Gordon.”
“[He was] the man she loved and trusted. No one should suffer the way she did and the judge sent a strong message in the award of punitive damages that this despicable behaviour is inexcusable and will not be tolerated,” Glenda Hatchett was quoted by Atlanta Alive as saying.
Bobbi Kristina Brown’s father contended his daughter had a major career ahead of her in the entertainment industry before her untimely death.
Bobby Brown said in a statement after yesterday’s ruling that he was pleased with the judgment and called on prosecutors to file criminal charges.
“I do know Mr. Gordon will be unable to slander my daughter’s name in the future or obtain any benefits from the use of Krissy’s name,” NBC News quoted Bobby Brown as saying.
Bobbi Kristina Brown was the only daughter of Whitney Houston and Bobby Brown.
Whitney Houston took in Nick Gordon at the age of 12. He lived with the family for years before he and Bobbi Kristina Brown began a romantic relationship.
Nick Gordon has been accused of assaulting his girlfriend Bobbi Kristina Brown and stealing her money, on the same day her family announced she was being moved into hospice care.
Bobbi Kristina Brown, the only child of Whitney Houston, was discovered face down in a bath at her Atlanta home on January31. She has never regained consciousness.
Nick Gordon has now been accused of causing her “substantial bodily harm” in a $10 million civil case.
The legal action was filed by Bobbi Kristina Brown’s court-appointed conservator, Bedelia Hargrove.
Bedelia Hargrove told People magazine in a statement: “I filed this lawsuit to pursue justice on behalf of Bobbi Kristina Brown. No human being, male or female, should endure what Bobbi Kristina endured.”
The legal case accuses Nick Gordon of assault, battery, infliction of emotional distress and maintaining “the fraud that he had married Brown” after she inherited a substantial amount of money.
It claims that Bobbi Kristina Brown, 22, confided to an unnamed person that Nick Gordon “was not the man she thought he was” and made plans to meet them on January 31 to talk about it.
Court papers claim Whitney Houston’s daughter never made it to the meeting and “became embroiled in a loud argument” with Nick Gordon, which ended with her “face down in a bathtub, with her mouth swollen and another tooth knocked out”.
“Even after Brown’s hospitalization, and while she was in a coma, [Nick Gordon] accessed Brown’s bank account and stole in excess of $11,000,” the documents say.
Nick Gordon has yet to comment on the accusations. On June 24, he posted a message about Bobbi Kristina Brown on his Twitter, which read: “We keep praying, she has fought hard this long don’t give up hope.”
He was partly brought up by Whitney Houston, and the couple’s relationship became public after the singer died in 2012.
Police were called to Bobbi Kristina Brown’s home in suburban Atlanta on January 31, in response to a “drowning”.
Despite months of treatment in two Atlanta hospitals and a rehab facility, including being placed in an induced coma, she has never regained consciousness.
A police investigation has been launched, but no findings or charges have been announced.
A statement released by Bobbi Kristina Brown’s aunt Pat Houston on behalf of the family said that “despite the great medical care at numerous facilities, Bobbi Kristina Brown’s condition has continued to deteriorate, as of today, she has been moved into hospice care”.
“We thank everyone for their support and prayers. She is in God’s hands now.”
The case holds similarities to Whitney Houston’s death in a hotel bath in February 2012.
According to autopsy results, Whitney Houston died of accidental drowning due to the effects of cocaine use and heart disease.
Whitney Houston left everything in her will to Bobbi Kristina.
Bobbi Kristina Brown is also the daughter of singer Bobby Brown. Her parents divorced when she was 14.
Bobbi Kristina Brown has been moved from Emory University Hospital to an undisclosed rehabilitation facility in Atlanta, ET reported.
Whitney Houston’s daughter is on medically-induced coma after being found unconscious face-down in a bathtub seven weeks ago.
Sources told ET last month that in the event that Bobbi Kristina Brown died, funeral services would be held in Atlanta, where she grew up, but that her body would be laid to rest in New Jersey next to her mother.
Whitney Houston died in February 2012 after accidentally drowning in a hotel bathtub in Los Angeles.
Bobbi Kristina Brown is the sole inheritor of Whitney Houston’s entire estate, which was estimated at the time to be worth nearly $115 million. According to Whitney Houston’s will, if she does not have surviving children, the estate will pass on to her mother, Cissy Houston.
Nick Gordon has entered rehab after revealing his suicidal thoughts during an interview with Dr. Phil.
Dr. Phil McGraw sat down with Nick Gordon for an emergency intervention that will air on Wednesday, March 11, on Dr. Phil, to talk him through his various issues, including drug and alcohol abuse and panic attacks he has been experiencing in the wake of girlfriend Bobbi Kristina Brown’s hospitalization.
Bobbi Kristina Brown, who turned 22 on March 4, remains in a coma after she was discovered unresponsive in the bathtub at her Atlanta home on January 31.
According to E! News, Nick Gordon’s mother, Michelle, was the one who wanted the meeting with Dr. Phil, fearing that her son was suicidal.
“I’m so hurt I wanna do myself in, I know I have to strong,” Nick tweeted on March 3.
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“As we sit here right now, my son’s life hangs in the balance,” Michelle Gordon told Dr. Phil, Nick by her side, in a snippet of the interview released by the show.
“When Whitney was found, he administered CPR to her and called me as he was standing in front of her saying, <<Mom, why couldn’t I do it? I couldn’t get air into her lungs>>.”
“He won’t let go of the guilt,” Michelle Gordon says.
“My heart is full of angry after the Browns have shut me out,” Nick Gordon tweeted on February 25, referring to his repeated claims that Bobbi Kristina Brown’s family has barred him from visiting his girlfriend in the hospital and he has been doing everything he could to see her.
“They don’t even know her. Sabotage.”
Bobby Brown’s camp, meanwhile, has said that Nick Gordon “declined” the chance to visit under conditions put forth by the family.
“Happy Birthday baby I wish I was there with you to hold you and be by your side,” Nick Gordon tweeted on March 4.
Bobbi Kristina Brown’s aunt Leolah Brown claims Nick Gordon is “under investigation for [Bobbi Kristina] attempted murder” in a new open letter criticizing Dr. Phil, who just taped a sit-down with Gordon and his mother.
Leolah Brown posted the message to Dr. Phil on Facebook on March 7.
However, Nick Gordon has not been charged with any crime at this point, nor have officials even laid out the specifics of the investigation into the circumstances leading to Bobbi Kristina Brown’s medical crisis.
Bobbi Kristina Brown, who just turned 22 years old this week, was found face down and unresponsive in her bathtub on January 31. She’s been in a coma ever since.
This past week, Nick Gordon sat down with Dr. Phil for what became an unofficial intervention, during which he expressed suicidal thoughts and after which he reportedly entered rehab for drug abuse.
Leolah Brown wrote to Dr. Phil on Facebook:
With all due respect, Nick Gordon is under investigation for the attempted murder of my niece Bobby Kristina Brown. We have strong evidence of foul play. Until this investigation is completed by law enforcement, I would ask that you or anyone else not provide this individual a platform to spin this situation to his benefit.
If Nick Gordon does not have the courage to speak with my brother Bobby Brown and/or law enforcement about what happened the day my niece’s body was found in a bathtub, he does not deserve to have a platform to speak to anyone of your caliber until this investigation is concluded.
There has been tension between Nick Gordon and Bobbi Kristina Brown’s family for weeks regarding Gordon’s access to Whitney Houston’s daughter and his cooperation in the investigation.
Nick Gordon has expressed his anger on Twitter after not being allowed by Bobby Brown to visit Bobbi Kristina Brown’s bedside.
“My heart is full of angry after the Browns have shut me out,” Nick Gordon tweeted on February 25.
“They don’t even know her. Sabotage.”
He added: “I miss her so much. I seem so weak right now. You all have been so supportive! Thank you for everything.”
Bobby Brown’s attorney recently said “there is no reason for any additional discussion with” Nick Gordon.
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While he continues to clash with the Brown family, Nick Gordon also filed a temporary restraining order on February 23 against the Roswell Police Department.
According to documents obtained by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Nick Gordon hoped to prevent authorities from carrying out a search warrant for footage captured on a Nest Labs web-based security camera.
On February 25, however, Nick Gordon had a change of heart.
“Mr. Gordon has since elected to dismiss the claim in an effort to help Roswell PD speed up their investigation,” his lawyer said in a statement to E! News.
“There will be no further comment.”
Bobbi Kristina Brown, 21, has been in a medically induced coma for almost a month.
Whitney Houston’s daughter was first hospitalized on January 31 after being found face down and unconscious in a bathtub at her Georgia home.
Doctors treating Bobbi Kristina Brown at Georgia hospital have been forced to re-induce the coma because she began to have seizures.
They had decided to gradually end her coma in order to have a better idea of the 21-year-old’s status and prognosis. Not long afterwards, however, Bobbi Kristina Brown began to seize, and doctors opted to put her back on the sedatives.
Whitney Houston’s daughter was not removed from life support. She remained on a ventilator and feeding tube.
Bobbi Kristina Brown was placed in a medically induced coma three weeks ago, shortly after being found in the bathtub of her Roswell, Georgia home face down and unresponsive.
Bobbi Kristina Brown was abusing drugs before she was found unresponsive in a bathtub at her Georgia home on January 31, People magazine reported.
Like her doomed mother Whitney Houston, Bobbi Kristina Brown, 21, was regularly taking heroin, cocaine and Xanax in the months before she was rushed to a Georgia hospital last month, the outlet reported.
Xanax was one of the drugs found in Whitney Houston’s system after she drowned in a bathtub at a Beverly Hills hotel three years ago.
A source told the magazine that Bobbi Kristina Brown, in the weeks before the tragedy at her home in Roswell, Georgia, was “distraught” about the coming third anniversary of her mother’s death.
Bobbi Kristina Brown was also in and out of rehab for her demons – including heavy drinking – since Whitney Houston’s death, the source indicated.
She was hospitalized for depression almost immediately after Whitney Houston passed away.
Toxicology reports on Whitney Houston showed the singer had marijuana, Xanax, the muscle relaxant Flexeril and the OTC medication Benadryl in her system at the time of her death.
Bobbi Kristina Brown remains in a medically-induced coma at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta three weeks after she was discovered by her boyfriend Nick Gordon.
Bobbi Kristina Brown has been removed the ventilator that has helped her breathe since she was found unresponsive in a bathtub on January 31, but no decisions have been made to take her off life support, a family source told Reuters.
The source, who declined to be identified, said Bobbi Kristina Brown’s overall condition has not changed. Removing the breathing tube was a standard course of practice to avoid infection, the source said.
Whitney Houston’s daughter will now receive air through a hole in her throat (tracheostomy), indicating she will likely remain in that position for weeks or months rather than of days, CNN reported.
Family members have said Bobbi Kristina Brown, 21, the only child of Bobby Brown and Whitney Houston, is fighting for her life at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta after she was discovered last month face down and unresponsive in a bathtub in her suburban home.
They have said little about Bobbi Kristina Brown’s treatment or medical prognosis. Bobby Brown has asked for privacy.
Police in Roswell, Georgia, are treating the case as a criminal investigation and have been questioning people about the circumstances leading up to Bobbi Kristina Brown being found in the bathtub.
Nick Gordon changed his Twitter profile picture to an image of Bobbi Kristina Brown’s name tattooed on his forearm.
Bobbi Kristina Brown’s partner also tweeted: “Thank you for all your prayers. She is a strong person and will pull through this. Continue to pray for her.”
The tribute isn’t a surprise, considering Nick Gordon already has a picture of Bobbi Kristina Brown’s late mother, Whitney Houston, inked on his other arm.
Bobbi Kristina Brown’s family has reportedly banned Nick from her bedside at Atlanta’s Emory University Hospital, where she is in a medically induced coma following a near-drowning incident on January 31.
Police is now looking into the possibility of an altercation between Nick Gordon and Bobbi Kristina Brown more than an hour before she was found face down and unresponsive in a bathtub in her Roswell home, TMZ reported.
Bobbi Kristina Brown will remain on life support throughout this week following a near-drowning incident at her home on January 31.
Whitney Houston and Bobby Brown’s 21-year-old was placed in a medically-induced coma upon admission to the hospital after she was found unresponsive and face-down in her bathtub.
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Bobbi Kristina Brown has been fighting for her life, surrounded by her father, grandmother Cissy Houston and close family members ever since.
Amid new reports suggesting Bobbi Kristina is close to death, her dad’s lawyer, Christopher Brown, told People.com that her condition isn’t quite as bleak, insisting rumors the family is planning to take her off life support are “false”.
Meanwhile, officials at the Roswell Police Department in Georgia have confirmed the case involving Bobbi Kristina Brown’s bathtub incident is a criminal investigation.
According to new reports, Bobbi Kristina Brown’s condition has taken a serious turn for the worse.
Whitney Houston’s daughter, who has been hospitalized since she was discovered unresponsive in her bathtub at her Atlanta home on January 31, is experiencing organ failure and is dying, TMZ reports.
According to family sources, because several of Bobbi Kristina Brown’s organs are shutting down, it does not matter if her father Bobby Brown withdraws life support.
While Bobbi Kristina Brown was said to have experienced an “improvement in brain function” at one point, TMZ reports that her condition has since declined.
Due to his religious views, Bobby Brown has reportedly maintained that he will “do what it takes” to keep his daughter alive, even if that means if she remains on life support with little possibility of recovery. While some family members do not agree with his stance, they will respect his decision, according to the website.
The mysterious circumstances surrounding Bobbi Kristina Brown’s condition, including over evidence that she had sustained facial injuries, have led police to open an investigation to determine whether foul play was involved, with the probe centering on her longtime partner Nick Gordon.
Whitney Houston passed away three years ago, when she was discovered unconscious in a bathtub in her Beverly Hills hotel room on February 11, 2012.
Bobbi Kristina Brown’s dad has released a new statement regarding his daughter and blamed some of the family members for conflicting reports.
Bobbi Kristina Brown, 21, has been in a coma, fighting for life, since being discovered unconscious in her bathtub on January 31.
In his comments on February 13, Bobby Brown and his attorney asked that the media not give credence to updates from family members they say are unfamiliar with Bobbi Kristina’s current condition, specifically her cousin, Jerod Brown.
Bobby Brown’s legal counsel, Christopher Brown, says in a statement: “At this time it is requested that the media cease speaking with unauthorized members of the family. The integrity of the events that led to the hospitalization of Bobbi Kristina must remain uncompromised.”
The statement also says: “Various members of the family have provided media interviews, however, none of them are approved visitors to see Bobbi Kristina. None of them have firsthand knowledge of Bobbi Kristina’s treatment and the medical staff at Emory University Hospital has not communicated with them.”
It adds: “In [particular], Jerod Brown aka Jerod Carter aka YF Kennedy, continues to [make] statements and appear on television, however, he has not had any communication with Bobby Brown or the Houston family. He must be disregarded. Please do not attend any <<meet and greet>> organized by Jerod Brown as he is unable to provide access to Bobbi Kristina or information on her condition. This is a criminal investigation and we do not need this side show.”
Bobby Brown himself says: “We continue to request privacy in this matter. We thank everyone that supports Bobbi Kristina and God is hearing our prayers.”
According to police records, Bobbi Kristina Brown was involved in a car crash that injured two people days before she was hospitalized, the AP reported.
Police in Roswell, Georgia, say Bobbi Kristina Brown, 21, was driving a Jeep Liberty on January 27 when she lost control, crossed into oncoming traffic and collided with another vehicle. A passenger in the Jeep and the other car’s driver were taken to the hospital.
Four days later, on January 31, Bobbi Kristina Brown was found unresponsive in her bathtub, and her family said she’s been “fighting for her life”.
Records also show that Nick Gordon called police in July 2013 saying Bobbi Kristina Brown had fallen and was unresponsive. The officer wrote that Whitney Houston’s daughter was disoriented and went to the hospital.
Bobby Brown’s sister, Leolah Brown, has said she believes Bobbi Kristina’s boyfriend Nick Gordon will be charged with crime for her niece’s condition.
Bobbi Kristina Brown’s aunt told Fox 5 Atlanta that she thinks Nick Gordon will “110 percent” be charged for a crime when the investigation into the mysterious circumstances surrounding Bobbi Kristina’s condition is completed.
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“I’m not going to make a comment about that, but I believe Nick Gordon will be charged with this,” Leolah Brown said during a 16-minute interview.
“I hope that he will be charged with this, as well. Soon. I really do.”
Nick Gordon and a friend found Bobbi Kristina Brown face down in a bathtub filled with water in her Atlanta-area home on January 31 and rushed her to the hospital, where she has been on life support ever since.
Authorities are investigating Nick Gordon’s possible involvement, as well as injuries found around Bobbi Kristina Brown’s face and mouth.
Bobbi Kristina Brown case is being investigated as a criminal matter, police in Georgia said on February 10.
The only child of the late Whitney Houston was face down and unresponsive in a bathtub at her Atlanta home on January 31.
Authorities in Roswell, a suburb of Atlanta, have been questioning people about the circumstances leading up to the discovery at Bobbi Kristina Brown’s home, but had not made clear the nature of their investigation.
“I can confirm that we have a criminal investigation ongoing,” Roswell Police Chief Rusty Grant told Reuters.
“From the beginning it has always been a criminal investigation.”
Few details have been released about the 21-year-old daughter of Whitney Houston and Bobby Brown.
A family source said on February 10 that media reports suggesting Bobbi Kristina Brown would soon be taken off life support were not accurate. Her family previously has said she was fighting for her life.
A candlelight vigil on February 9 at an amphitheater in suburban Atlanta drew hundreds of people and prompted expressions of gratitude from family members – even as they asked for privacy.
“We continue to request privacy in this matter,” Bobby Brown said in a statement released through his lawyer, Christopher Brown, on February 10.
“We thank everyone that supported the vigil for Bobbi Kristina. God is hearing our prayers.”
The statement criticized erroneous media reports about her condition while maintaining that details needed to be kept private.
“This is a criminal investigation and the integrity of that process requires silence,” Christopher Brown said.
Police have said they responded to Bobbi Kristina Brown’s home in reference to a drowning.
Nick Gordon, Bobbi Kristina Brown’s partner, and a friend, Max Lomas, found her unresponsive in the tub and performed CPR until help arrived, police said.
Whitney Houston drowned in a hotel bathtub in Beverly Hills, California, on February 11, 2012. Authorities said drug use and heart disease contributed to her death at age 48.
Bobbi Kristina Brown is receiving treatment at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta, according to CNN and other media outlets, and her father Bobby Brown has been seen outside the facility.
Bobbi Kristina Brown’s family has released an official statement on Whitney Houston and Bobby Brown’s comatose daughter following conflicting reports regarding her status.
Although they don’t reveal anything specific about Bobbi Kristin Brown’s current condition, they specifically blast the “false reporting” several publications calling them out for writing articles based on unnamed “sources”.
“We support the candlelight vigil for Bobbi Kristina. The Brown family is amazed by the love and support from all that attended,” said Christopher Brown of Brown & Rosen LLC, legal counsel for Bobby Brown.
“However the false reports that continue to appear in print and on the internet are egregious, false and will be dealt with at an appropriate time. In particular, the false reporting of TMZ, The National Enquirer, The Atlanta Journal Constitution and the Daily Mail (UK) citing, police sources, family sources and Bobby Brown himself, will receive my attention. The desire to be <<first>> has clouded the judgment of many reporters as they forgo accuracy. This is a criminal investigation and the integrity of that process requires silence,” Christopher Brown added.
“We continue to request privacy in this matter. We thank everyone that supported the vigil for Bobbi Kristina. God is hearing our prayers,” he said.
Multiple reports claimed that Bobbi Kristina Brown may be disconnected from life support on February 11, the third anniversary of Whitney Houston’s death.
A candlelight vigil for Bobbi Kristina Brown was held in the city of Riverdale, Georgia, as the 21-year-old daughter of Whitney Houston and Bobby Brown clings to life at nearby Emory University Hospital in Atlanta.
“Forget that he [Bobby Brown] is a renowned artist. That her mama, the late Whitney, was a renowned artist. These [are] still people. They bleed and hurt like us,” said Riverdale mayor Dr. Evelyn Wynn-Dixon on Monday night.
“Sometime people ask you, or they say, <<I know how you feel>>. Sometime they don’t. Sometime they don’t know what it’s like if your child is on that ventilator. <<What do I do? If I take it off and she could have lived or do I let her stay on it and suffer?>> That’s a hard question for any parent,” the mayor told the large crowd of fans and concerned residents.
Evelyn Wynn-Dixon’s comments seemed to confirm what has been widely reported by the media that Bobbi Kristina Brown is connected to a ventilator, and her family faces a decision whether or not to remove her from life support.
Before the service began, organizers played several of Whitney Houston’s hit songs including I Have Nothing and I’m Every Woman.
Once the gathering got underway, a series of family friends and ministers addressed the crowd with words of encouragement including “we’re here to pick people up” and “continuous prayer is what is needed at this point.”
As the vigil came to a close, legendary R&B singer Tony Terry took the microphone and sang I Look To You, Whitney Houston’s last attempt at a comeback single before her death in 2012.
Several people in the crowd were brought to tears while Tony Terry belted out the stirring track, which is a call for help in a time of crisis.
Riverdale organized the “Shining A Light For Healing For Bobbi Kristina Brown” vigil to support the Brown family, because Bobby Brown was the first artist to perform at its amphitheater, a city official told several media outlets.
Bobbi Kristina Brown was rushed to the hospital after being found face down and unresponsive in a bathtub at her home on January 31.
According to new reports, three days before Bobbi Kristina Brown was found unresponsive in a bathtub at her Atlanta home, a judge had issued a bench warrant for her arrest after she failed to appear in court for a traffic violation hearing.
Signed by Alpharetta Municipal Court Judge Lee Whiteside, the warrant states that for failure to appear on January 14 any bond paid had been forfeited and Whitney Houston’s daughter would also be responsible for any further costs to the court, the Daily Mail reported.
The issue stemmed from Bobbi Kristina Brown being pulled over September 9, 2014, for allegedly driving without a valid tag on her Lexus IS250. The maximum penalty she could have faced was having her vehicle impounded and being ordered to pay a fine of up to $2,500.
Meanwhile, the warrant has since been dismissed, the Alpharetta Polic Department announced on February 6.
“In light of recent events involving Ms Bobbi Kristina Brown, we are not focused on the warrant issue. In fact, we requested the court to recall the warrant and dismiss it -which they did,” Police spokesman George Gordon said in a statement, according to the Daily Mail.
“The important issue is we hope her friends and family find a measure of comfort during this difficult period.”
Bobbi Kristina Brown, 21, remains on life support at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta.