Nick Gordon Ordered To Pay $36 Million To Bobbi Kristina Brown's Estate

By Britni de la Cretaz 11/18/16

Bobby Brown took to Instagram to express his satisfaction with the judge's ruling. 

Nick Gordon Ordered To Pay $36 Million To Bobbi Kristina Brown's Estate

Nick Gordon, former fiancé of the late Bobbi Kristina Brown, has been ordered by a judge to pay tens of millions to her estate after being found liable in her death.

Early last year, Brown was found face down in a bathtub in her home in Alpharetta, Georgia. She was in a medically-induced coma for nearly six months before she ultimately passed away at the age of 22. Her death was attributed to a combination of drugs and water immersion. Brown was found four years after her mother, Whitney Houston, was also found unconscious in a bathtub and died.

Gordon was the one who found Brown’s body and after the incident, a criminal investigation was launched. Gordon was apparently questioned about bruising found on Brown’s chest, which Gordon explained by saying he had been giving her CPR, according to a family source. In June 2015, a civil lawsuit was filed against Gordon alleging that his behavior "caused, among other things, substantial bodily harm to Brown." As a result, Brown’s family did not allow Gordon to see Bobbi Kristina in the hospital.

Brown’s father, Bobby Brown, had stated that he felt Gordon was responsible for Bobbi Kristina’s death and that he thought Gordon should be in jail. The judge in this case, Judge T. Jackson Bedford, Jr. agreed with the former point.

The Brown estate was awarded $36 million, the breakdown of which was partially comprised of the following: “$1,575,041 for conversion (theft of Brown’s funds), with the maximum charge of $250,000 for punitive damages; $1,370,877.52 for assault and battery medical damages; $13 million for pain and suffering, with an additional $4,200,000 because Gordon was found to be under the influence of alcohol and drugs; $15,056,000 million for loss of life, factoring in future earning potential.”

However, People reports that Gordon (who has yet to release a statement) does not have any money and will likely have to file for bankruptcy. “This is symbolic more than anything,” one of Gordon’s relatives told People.

Bobby Brown and his lawyers released a statement expressing their satisfaction with the ruling, which Bobby posted on his Instagram. “We have said all along that Nick Gordon was responsible for the death of Bobbi Kristina Brown and the harm of losing a child is immeasurable,” Bobby Brown’s lawyer Christopher Brown said in the statement.

“I do know that Mr. Gordon will be unable to slander my daughter’s name in the future,” Bobby Brown said in the statement, before ending it with a plea for the District Attorney’s office to "begin the criminal prosecution" of Gordon.

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Britni de la Cretaz is a freelance writer, baseball enthusiast, and recovered alcoholic living in Boston. Follow her on Twitter at @britnidlc.