Nick Gordon has been ordered to pay over $36 million in the wrongful death suit of Bobbi Kristina Brown.
The daughter of the late Whitney Houston and Bobby Brown was found face down in a bathtub in her Georgia home on Jan. 31, 2015. After spending nearly six months in a coma, she died in hospice care last July 26 at the age of 22.
On Thursday, Bobbi Kristina’s father testified in the Fulton County Superior Court in Atlanta, Georgia, where Judge T. Jackson Bedford determined Gordon must pay for loss of life, punitive damages ($250,000), conversion ($1.575 million), assault and battery ($1.37 million), and pain and suffering as a result of assault ($13.8 million).
The exact amount Gordon will be responsible for paying to Bobbi Kristina’s estate is $36,251,918.50, which includes the judge’s determined value of his former girlfriend’s life, $15 million.
“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,” attorney R. David Ware said in a statement. “We hope that in some small way this will allow Krissy’s family to continue their quest for peace.”
Gordon was not present in court on Friday as a number of people testified, including Brown and his daughter, La’Princia Brown. One of Bobbi Kristina’s close childhood friends also testified, along with an economist, who determined her net worth and future potential income.
“I am pleased with the outcome of today’s court proceedings,” Brown said in a statement obtained by ET. “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,” he continued. “The delay in that matter is of great concern to me and my family. We need for District Attorney Howard to act now.”
Brown’s legal counsel, Christopher Brown of Brown & Rosen LLC., also released a statement, which read, “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.”
“We are pleased with the Court’s decision today and the damages awarded to Bobby Brown,” added Craig Terrett of Cruser, Mitchell, Novitz, Sanchez, Gaston & Zimet, LLP, Bobby’s local counsel in Georgia.
ET confirmed that Gordon was found liable for the wrongful death of Bobbi Kristina on Sept. 16, when he was a no-show at the hearing on the civil lawsuit filed against him by the state.
In August 2015, Bobbi Kristina’s conservator, Bedelia Hargrove, filed a $10 million wrongful death civil suit, alleging that Gordon physically abused and stole thousands of dollars from her. An amendment to that suit alleged that Gordon gave Bobbi Kristina a “toxic cocktail, rendering her unconscious and then put her face down in a tub of cold water causing her to suffer brain damage.”
Gordon’s lawyers released a statement last August regarding the lawsuit filed against their client, claiming it is both “slanderous and meritless.”
“Nick has been heartbroken and destroyed over the loss of his love and it’s shameful that such baseless allegations have been presented publicly,” the statement reads. “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.”