Bobbi Kristina was found unresponsive in a bathtub on January 31st 2015 and died six months later after being placed in a medically-induced coma
Nick Gordon has been found legally responsible in the death of Bobbi Kristina Brown, the daughter of Whitney Houston and Bobby Brown. Bobbi Kristina died in July 2015, at the age of 22, after spending six months in a medically-induced coma after she was found unresponsive in a bathtub.
Nick Gordon and Bobbi Kristina Brown, pictured in 2012
Gordon failed to turn up on Friday for his scheduled hearing in the wrongful death lawsuit filed by Brown's estate last year. According to People magazine, because of Gordon’s failure to attend Fulton County Superior Court Judge T. Jackson Bedford said that anything alleged by the plaintiff is now admitted through omission.
"In court today, we finally finished a long journey for justice for Bobbi Kristina Brown," Brown's estate attorney R. David Ware said in a press conference outside the court. "The court agrees with us, by striking Mr. Gordon's answer that he is legally responsible for her death. The only thing left to prove is the value of her life. We intend to do that.”
“I am 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," her father Bobby Brown said in a statement. "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."
The lawsuit alleged that Bobbi Krisitna and Gordon became "embroiled in a large argument” on the night of January 31st. It further accused Gordon of giving her a "toxic cocktail" that rendered her unconscious and of leaving her face down in a tub of cold water.
Gordon has never been criminally charged in Brown's death and the outcome of the lawsuit is unlikely to affect the criminal case. Gordon has always maintained he was in no way responsible for the death of Bobbi Kristina, who he was living with at the time.
When the lawsuit was first filled Gordon's former attorney Jose Baez had released a statement saying: "We have repeatedly said that Nick Gordon is innocent of any wrongdoing. He has not been charged with any crime. Enough is enough; let's end this baseless speculation."