A Georgia judge Friday ruled that Bobbi Kristina Brown's ex-boyfriend is "legally responsible" for her death after the defendant failed to appear in court.
The conservator of Brown's estate filed a wrongful death civil lawsuit against Nick Gordon in August 2015. The suit accused Gordon of assault, battery, intentional infliction of emotional distress, and transferring money from Brown’s account into his own without authorization.
According to USA Today, Gordon was scheduled to appear in Fulton County court Friday but was a no-show.
Fulton County Superior Court Judge T. Jackson Bedford said because Gordon has failed to appear twice, anything alleged by the plaintiff is admitted through omission.R. David Ware, lawyer for Brown’s conservator said
“In court today, we finally finished a long journey for justice for Bobbi Kristina Brown,” “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.“It’s not a criminal case but it doesn’t have to be,” the lawyer said. “We want to legally establish he was responsible for her injuries that preceded her death and we’ve done that today. “
No criminal charges have been filed against Gordon.
A jury will determine the amount of damages to be awarded to Brown’s conservator. The lawsuit sought $50 million in damages.
Brown, the daughter of Whitney Houston and singer Bobby Brown, died in August 2015 several months after being found unresponsive in a tub at her Roswell, Ga., townhome.