After failing to appear for his scheduled court date last Friday, a judge ruled that Nick Gordon is legally responsible for the death of Bobby Kristina Brown.
E! News reports that Brown’s estate filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Gordon in August 2015, which alleged that Brown died following a violent altercation with Gordon after which he placed her in a bathtub, unconscious, and injected her with a toxic mixture.
The $10 million lawsuit also claimed that Gordon committed domestic abuse and made unauthorized money transfers amounting to $11,000 from Brown’s bank account into his own during her hospitalization.
Judge T. Jackson Bedford of Atlanta’s Fulton County Superior Court said because Gordon didn’t show up in court on two separate occasions, anything he now alleges is admitted through omission.
“We have said all along that we believed Nick Gordon was responsible for the death of Bobbi Kristina Brown. This judgment confirms our belief. Mr. Gordon had every opportunity to appear in Court and attempt to clear his name. He declined,” Brown’s legal counsel said in a statement.
“We have said all along that we believed Nick Gordon was responsible for the death of Bobbi Kristina Brown. This judgment confirms our belief.”
People Magazine reports that Bobby Brown issued a statement after the judge made his ruling in which he said that he was “pleased with the outcome” of the ruling.
“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. “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.”
While Gordon was never criminally charged in connection to Brown’s death, a source in the Fulton County District Attorney’s office said the criminal investigation is “still ongoing.”
“This won’t change anything in the criminal case. Generally speaking, it tends to the other way around: a criminal conviction is used in a civil case,” the source explains. “Obviously, if he had taken the stand in a civil case, we could have used what he said. But that’s not what happened here. The case is still ongoing, but there are no new updates at this time.”