It was back in September that a court determined Nick Gordon was “legally responsible” for the death of girlfriend Bobbi Kristina Brown, and now the judge in the wrongful death lawsuit is ordering Gordon to pay a whopping $36 million to the family of the late Whitney Houston’s only daughter, who passed away following several months on life support after she was found facedown in the bathtub of her Atlanta-area home in January 2015.
ET Canada can confirm that the judge in the case today determined the damages at $36,251,918.50, close to the $40 million which the Brown family estate had been seeking in its wrongful death suit against Gordon, who was not present in court when the decision was read.
Among those who were in court today to testify were Bobbi Kristina’s grieving father, Bobby Brown, his daughter La’Princia Brown, one of Bobbi Kristina’s childhood friends and an economist, who determined the value of Bobbi Kristina’s net worth and what her potential future income would have been.
According to TMZ, the tally is broken down into several categories, including: conversion (i.e. stealing of money and assets), which the judge valued at $1.5 million along with $250,000 in punitive damages; assault and battery, valued at $1.3 million, plus an additional $4.2 million “because Gordon was under the influence of drugs and alcohol”; pain and suffering, valued at $13 million; and loss of life, valued at $15 million.
Craig Terrett, Brown’s attorney said that “Bobby Brown is pleased with the judgement. This has been a very emotional day for him. He hopes that the DA will one day prosecute [Gordon]. This is one way we can hold him accountable for taking Bobbi Kristina’s life from him.” Added Terrett:
“We have said all along that Nick Gordon was responsible for the death of Bobbi Kristina Brown and the harm of losing a child is immeasurable,” added attorney Christopher Brown.
Following the verdict, Bobby Brown released the following statement: “I am pleased with the outcome of today’s court proceedings,” says Brown. “I do know that Mr. Gordon will be unable to slander my daughter’s name in the future or obtain any benefits from the use of Krissy’s name. Finally, I do need for the District Attorney’s Office to step up and begin the criminal prosecution of Mr. Gordon. The delay in that matter is of great concern to me and my family. We need for District Attorney Howard to act now.”