The judge overseeing the wrongful death case of Bobbi Kristina Brown ordered her partner Nick Gordon to pay her estate $36 million, Brown’s estate announced Thursday.
In September, the court found Gordon “legally responsible” for the death of Whitney Houston and Bobby Brown’s daughter after he failed to appear at a pair of wrongful death civil lawsuit hearings.
Brown’s estate initially sought $50 million in the civil suit, which claimed that Gordon “gave Bobbi Kristina a toxic cocktail rendering her unconscious and then put her face down in a tub of cold water” in late January 2015; she died six months later on July 26th.
The estate alleged that Gordon did this as “part of a scheme to control Bobbi Kristina and benefit from her wealth.” Gordon was never charged with a any crimes related to Brown’s death, but a spokesman for the Fulton County District Attorney told the Associated Press that the case is still under investigation.
When Gordon failed to appear at the civil lawsuit hearings in September, the judge ruled that anything the Brown’s estate alleged against Gordon is “admitted through omission.”
“There was an urgent need, in my mind, to get justice for Bobbi Kristina Brown and that’s why I took the case. We intend to pursue, with all vigor, the full collection of the judgment,” Brown estate attorney David Ware said in the statement. “We hope that in some small way this will allow Krissy’s family to continue their quest for peace.”
Gordon did not attend Thursday’s decision and never hired lawyers to defend him in the civil lawsuit.