( 4UMF NEWS ) Nick Gordon Ruled Responsible For Bobbi Kristina’s Death:
Bobbi Kristina Brown’s ex-boyfriend Nick Gordon is “legally responsible” for her death, a judge reportedly ruled Friday after Gordon bailed on a Fulton County court hearing.
A jury will now determine damages owed to Brown’s conservator in the $50 million wrongful death civil lawsuit alleging Gordon had been responsible for injuries that preceded the aspiring singer’s July 2015 death, Atlanta NBC affiliate 11Alive reported.
Because Friday’s absence had been his second, according to the outlet, anything alleged by Brown’s conservator is “admitted through omission.”
“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,” a lawyer for Brown’s estate told the outlet. “The only thing left to prove is the value of her life. We intend to do that.”
The estate’s attorneys cited Gordon’s April “Dr. Phil” interview — during which Gordon, 26, admitted he’d “ignored this lawsuit and its consequences,” amid other revelations concerning Brown’s drug use and eventual death — as evidence he had “thumbed (his) nose” at the court, an 11Alive reporter tweeted.
“It’s been a long time. They should have been gotten him. He should have been arrested,” Brown’s aunt Leolah Brown told the news station following the hearing. “He’s ignorant; he’s arrogant. He thinks he’s above the law. He’s not.”
Just a week after Gordon’s drama-filled daytime TV interview, Brown’s father, Bobby Brown, added his name to the wrongful death lawsuit. Gordon’s interview also prompted a conservator for Bobbi Kristina Brown’s estate to file a renewed motion against Gordon for his decision to chat about the case on television.
“The defendant ignores this Court’s mandates but freely discusses his role in the incident which led to the horrific injuries to decedent Bobbi Kristina,” the court document stated.
The only daughter of Bobby Brown and Whitney Houston was found in a bathtub Jan. 31, 2015 face-down and unresponsive, and later died in hospice care after a six-month coma. Her death resulted from drowning and mixed drug intoxication, according to the autopsy report unsealed earlier this year.
Brown’s conservator’s multi-million dollar wrongful death suit, meanwhile, alleged Gordon had caused her brain damage by knocking her out with a drug cocktail and leaving her in a tub filled with cold water.
Gordon, who has repeatedly maintained his innocence, has not been charged criminally.