A Fulton County judge has ruled Nick Gordon “legally responsible” for Bobbi Kristina Brown’s death following his absence at a court hearing on Friday, NBC affiliate 11Alive reports.
“The court agrees with us, by striking Mr. Gordon’s answer that he is legally responsible for her death,” R. David Ware, a lawyer for Brown’s conservator told press outside of court. “The only thing left to prove is the value of her life. We intend to do that.”
Brown’s conservator filed a $50 million wrongful death lawsuit in August of 2015, coming forth with allegations of assault, battery and emotional distress. The suit also claimed that Gordon took money from Brown’s account without prior authorization.
“It’s not a criminal case but it doesn’t have to be,” Ware said. “We want to legally establish he was responsible for her injuries the proceeded her death and we’ve done that today. “
The 26-year-old failed to appear in court on Friday, making this his second no-show in the case. Judge T. Jackson Bedford subsequently deemed all allegations raised by the plaintiff admitted through omission.
A jury will assess the amount of damages to award Brown’s conservator.
Bobbi Kristina’s father Bobby Brown addressed the ruling in a statement on Friday: “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,” he 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.”
Whitney Houston’s daughter died in August of 2015, months after being found unresponsive in the bathtub of her home.