After failing to appear in a Georgia courtroom Friday for a hearing in the wrongful death lawsuit of Bobbi Kristina Brown, a judge has ruled Nick Gordon “legally responsible” for the 2015 death of Brown, daughter of Whitney Houston and sole heir to the superstar’s estate, according to Atlanta’s 11 Alive.
Gordon, who was alternately referred to by Bobbi Kristina as her “brudder” and her “husband,” though he was officially neither, was sued by Bobbi Kristina’s estate for $50 million in damages. A jury will determine how much of that Gordon owes. Today’s hearing was the second that Gordon skipped.
Singer Bobby Brown, Bobbi Kristina’s father, wrote about the wrongful death suit in his memoir, Every Little Step: My Story, which was published earlier this year:
The administrator for Bobbi Kristina’s estate filed a wrongful-death lawsuit against Nick Gordon, alleging that Bobbi Kristina died after he injected her with a toxic mixture and placed her unconscious in a bathtub. The suit was originally filed in June  and amended in August after Krissi died. It accuses Gordon of assault, battery, intentional infliction of emotional distress, and transferring $11,000 from her account into his own without authorization. The suit alleges Krissi “died following a particularly violent altercation with [Gordon] that left her battered and bruised, with a tooth knocked out.” It alleges Krissi confided to a friend that Gordon “was not the man she thought he was” and made plans to meet on January 31 to discuss the situation further.
Gordon has responded to the lawsuit by denying the allegations, calling them “scandalous” and “improper.” But he did admit that he went out partying the night she was found in the bathtub and that he got into an argument with her after reviewing video footage. He admitted that he changed his clothes after the argument. But he didn’t say why he did that.
Outside the court today, Bobby’s outspoken sister, Leolah Brown Muhammad, said, “It’s been a long time. They should have been gotten him. He should have been arrested. I’m angry. I’m angry because I want to see some justice. Something has to happen and it has to happen soon.” No criminal charges have been filed against Gordon.
“In court today, we finally finished a long journey for justice for Bobbi Kristina Brown,” said R. David Ware, lawyer for Bobbi Kristina’s conservator. “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.”