ATLANTA — A judge in Atlanta has ruled that Bobbi Kristina Brown’s partner, Nick Gordon, is “legally responsible” for her death, after he was a no-show in court.
According to People, Gordon failed to appear in court for the second time Friday in the wrongful death lawsuit filed by Brown’s estate.
Fulton County Superior Court Judge T. Jackson Bedford signed an order saying Gordon repeatedly failed to meet court deadlines in the case. The order says that means the conservator of her estate wins by default.
And as a result, Gordon has been found in contempt of the order, and “judgment by default” was “rendered against Nicholas Gordon.”
“In court today, we finally finished a long journey for justice for Bobbi Kristina Brown,”said Brown’s estate attorney R. David Ware. “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.”
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The judge’s order says a jury trial will be set to determine the amount of damages to be awarded to Brown’s estate.
Gordon has not been charged with a crime.
Brown, the daughter of Whitney Houston and Bobby Brown, died in 2015 after she was found unresponsive in a bathtub in her alpharetta home.