Nick Gordon is apparently “not doing well” after he failed to appear at his wrongful death lawsuit at an Atlanta, Georgia, courthouse earlier this month. He was found legally responsible for the death of his former girlfriend, although he still denies any involvement.
People reports that Gordon, currently living in Florida, spends his days and nights primarily cooped up in his apartment, watching television or playing video games. According to a friend, who wants to remain anonymous, Gordon is still mourning the death of Bobbi Kristina, and the lawsuit loss put him in a “dark place.”
“He’s not doing well at all. He is low energy, just really unhappy. He knew that it was a big deal for him to appear in court, but he just couldn’t do it. So he skipped it and the judgement was entered against him. He’s just in a dark place.”
Last summer, Bedelia Hargrove, Bobbi Kristina’s conservator, along with several members of Bobbi Kristina’s family, filed the wrongful lawsuit against Gordon, while Bobbi Kristina was still in the hospital on life support. In January 2015, the 22-year-old was found inside her townhouse, comatose and face-down in a bathtub. Hargrove said that Bobbi Kristina went through both emotional and physical abuse at the hands of Gordon.
“I filed this lawsuit to pursue justice on behalf of Bobbi Kristina Brown. No human being, male or female, should endure what Bobbi Kristina endured. Pat Houston and Bobby Brown have done all they can to take care of Bobbi Kristina since this terrible tragedy occurred. I have worked closely with both of them and we all want the very best for Bobbi Kristina.”
The lawsuit claimed that Gordon physically abused Bobbi Kristina by slapping her, pulling her upstairs by her hair, and knocking some of her teeth out. It also asserted that Gordon stole at least $11,000 from her bank account while she was lying in a hospital bed. Additionally, he was accused of screening her cellphone calls and deciding who she could talk to and who she couldn’t.
Earlier this year, Gordon appeared on the Dr. Phil show and discussed the details surrounding Bobbi Kristina’s death. A week later, Hargrove filed an amended lawsuit against Gordon, and singer Bobby Brown, Bobbi Kristina’s father, joined the lawsuit. The renewed motion claimed that “the defendant ignores this Court’s mandates but freely discusses his role in the incident which led to the horrific injuries to Decedent Bobbi Kristina Brown on public television.”
After Gordon failed to appear two days in a row for the lawsuit, Fulton County Judge, T. Jackson Bedford, found him liable for Bobbi Kristina’s death and said, “anything alleged by the plaintiff is admitted through omission.” Gordon is now responsible for $50 million in damages, along with lawyer fees.
An additional source said that Gordon isn’t worried about the money owed since he allegedly doesn’t have the means to pay off the lawsuit. What bothers Gordon most, according to the source, is that he’s seen as the reason Bobbi Kristina died.
“He doesn’t have that type of cash, so you can’t get blood from a stone. But it bothers him that there’s this perception that he is responsible for her death, because he’s not. He feels like everyone has made him a scapegoat, and it’s not fair.”
Many people are wondering why Gordon skipped his lawsuit hearings, especially if he’s so concerned with what the public thinks of him. So far, he hasn’t given any explanations. Entertainment Tonight reports that his former attorney, Randy Kessler, surmised that Gordon didn’t show up because he didn’t have an attorney to represent him.
“As I understand it — and I am not representing Gordon — he did not have a lawyer for this civil case and because he failed to respond or to appear, the court simply granted Plaintiff’s requests to assess liability.”
According to the Fulton County District Attorney’s office, Nick Gordon may still be criminally charged with Bobbi Kristina Brown’s death. The criminal investigation is “still ongoing.”
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