Nick Gordon Ruled Responsible For Bobbi Kristina Brown's Death

By McCarton Ackerman 09/20/16

Brown’s estate is seeking $50 million in damages for Bobbi Kristina’s death.

Nick Gordon Ruled Responsible For Bobbi Kristina Brown's Death
Bobbi Kristina Brown and Nick Gordon

Although he won’t face criminal charges, a judge ruled last week that Nick Gordon is “legally responsible” for the death of fiancée Bobbi Kristina Brown.

People reported that Fulton County Superior Court Judge T. Jackson Bedford made the ruling after Gordon didn’t show up for a court hearing related to the wrongful death lawsuit filed last year by Brown’s estate. Because it was his second no-show, Bedford said that anything alleged by the Brown estate is admitted through omission.

"In court today, we finally finished a long journey for justice for Bobbi Kristina Brown," said Brown's estate attorney, R. David Ware, in a press conference outside the courthouse. “The only thing left to prove is the value of her life. We intend to do that."

Bobbi Kristina’s father, New Edition frontman Bobby Brown, said in a statement to People that he was "pleased with the outcome of today's court proceedings. All I ever wanted was answers relating to who and what caused my daughter's death. Today's judgment tells me it was Nick Gordon. Now I need to process all the emotions I have and lean on God to get me and my family through this."

Brown’s estate is seeking $50 million in damages for Bobbi Kristina’s death. But even if a judge awards them an eight-figure payday, it’s unclear how Gordon will pay up. A source told Page Six in August 2015 that Gordon is “broke” and putting the money he’s earned towards his legal defense fund.

It appears that Gordon’s only source of income in recent years has been working with tabloid outlets to discuss his fiancée’s death. In a May interview with Dr. Phil, he said that Bobbi Kristina’s drug use increased after the death of her mother, Whitney Houston, and that she had engaged in self-harm for years. Gordon also claimed that after a night of heavy drinking, she nearly drowned in the bathtub just one night before her mother passed away in identical fashion in February 2012.

He also told Dr. Phil that he has stopped using drugs after the TV doctor sent him to rehab in March 2015. In his first appearance on the show that month, Gordon admitted to abusing Xanax and alcohol, as well as dealing with suicidal thoughts.

“Rehab was something I needed and I'm thankful that I got that opportunity,” he said when he appeared again on Dr. Phil. “I was drinking so much at the time because I could not deal with what was happening to Krissy. It mentally broke me. That's the lowest point in my life right there.”

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McCarton Ackerman is a freelance writer and editor living in Portland, Oregon. He has been a contributor for The Fix since October 2011, writing on a wide range of topics ranging from medical marijuana in Colorado to the world's sexiest drug smugglers. Follow him on Linkedin and Twitter.