The estate of Bobbi Kristina Brown filed a multi-million wrongful death lawsuit against her boyfriend Nick Gordon Friday following Brown’s death at the age of 22. In the suit, Brown’s estate conservator Bedelia Hargrove alleges that Gordon “gave Bobbi Kristina a toxic cocktail rendering her unconscious and then put her face down in a tub of cold water.”
The lawsuit also accuses Gordon of transferring large amounts of money from Brown’s account into his own in the months leading up to the bathtub incident. “This was all part of a scheme to control Bobbi Kristina and benefit from her wealth,” the lawsuit states. The estate asks for damages of at least $10 million each for the assault, battery, intentional infliction of emotional distress, and conversion, USA Today reports.
Brown, the daughter of Whitney Houston and Bobby Brown, was found unresponsive in the bathtub of her Atlanta home January 31st; she spent nearly six months in a coma before passing away at a hospice care facility on July 26th. The estate’s original lawsuit against Gordon, filed while Brown was still in a coma, alleged that he assaulted Brown hours before her body was discovered. That lawsuit has since been amended to reflect Brown’s death stemming from the incident.
“I am deeply saddened by the recent death of Bobbi Kristina Brown,” Hargrove said of the amended lawsuit. “I extend my sincerest condolences to all of her family. Consistent with and to the letter of the civil action I initially filed on behalf of Bobbi Kristina, we will continue to pursue justice for her. I have filed today an amended complaint against Nicholas Gordon adding a count for wrongful death and for pain and suffering. We will leave no stone unturned in seeking justice for Bobbi Kristina Brown.”
In the estate’s lawsuit, Gordon is accused of frequently physically abusing Brown, including one incident just prior to January 31st where, in front of witnesses, Gordon lunged at Brown with such force that he broke the couch she was sitting on. He then allegedly beat a curled-up Brown to the point that her face was bloodied and she lost a tooth.
“Defendant [Gordon] then demanded that she go upstairs,” the lawsuit reads. “Bobbi Kristina began crawling on the floor because she could not stand up due to the injuries Defendant inflicted. Defendant then dragged her upstairs by her hair and threw her in the master bedroom, leaving blood on the walls of the staircase. Afterward, Defendant stated to persons present, ‘I don’t do this often,’ indicating this was not the first time Defendant beat her.”
As for January 31st incident, the lawsuit claims that Gordon, after “being out all-night on a cocaine and drinking binge,” argued with Brown in the kitchen of their Atlanta home before moving upstairs to the master bedroom. After 30 more minutes of arguing, “everything abruptly became quiet,” witnesses said. Gordon then changed his clothes and left the room.
Fifteen minutes later, a houseguest checked on Brown, only to find her face down and unresponsive in the bathtub. Gordon then came into the bathroom, the lawsuit says, and shouted to the guest “Clean up, clean up” before beginning resuscitation attempts. Brown was later admitted into an Atlanta hospital with “global and irreversible brain damage… as a result of [Gordon’s] actions.”
No criminal charges have been filed against Gordon in Brown’s death. “Nick has been heartbroken and destroyed over the loss of his love and it’s shameful that such baseless allegations have been presented publicly,” Gordon’s lawyers Joe Habachy and Jose Baez said in a statement (via CNN). “Nick has engaged civil counsel and intends to defend the lawsuit vigorously and expose it for what it is: a fictitious assault against the person who loved Krissy most.”