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Nearly 14 months after the death of Bobbi Kristina, Nick Gordon has been found legally responsible for her death, civilly at least.
The decision was made by Fulton County Superior Court Judge T. Jackson Bedford this morning after Gordon failed to appear in court in Atlanta for the second time in the wrongful death suit filed by Brown’s estate last year. According to People, “Because Gordon has failed to appear twice, the judge said anything alleged by the plaintiff is admitted through omission.”
Brown’s estate attorney R. David Ware said in a press conference outside of the court:
“In court today, we finally finished a long journey for justice for Bobbi Kristina Brown. 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.”
The suit asked for $50 million in damages, but there’s no indication yet of how much the judge will award.
While Gordon may have been found civilly responsible for Brown’s death, has never been criminally charged. A source in the Fulton County District Attorney’s office told People the criminal investigation is “still ongoing.”
“This won’t change anything in the criminal case. Generally speaking, it tends to the other way around: a criminal conviction is used in a civil case,” the source explained. “Obviously, if he had taken the stand in a civil case, we could have used what he said. But that’s not what happened here. The case is still ongoing, but there are no new updates at this time.”
Nick Gordon was reportedly barred from attending Bobbi Kristina’s funeral services over the weekend, but according to his mother, Michelle Gordon, he was still able to pay his respects to his deceased girlfriend in his own way.
“Nick went to the beach with me on Friday during the services,” Michelle told People. “He said the beach was always their favorite place to go, so he decided that he would honor her at a place that they both loved.”
As previously reported, Nick pleaded with Brown’s family to allow him to attend her homegoing service.
“I loved Krissi with all my heart and I am destroyed that she is gone and I need to say goodbye,” the 25-year-old reportedly wrote in an email addressed to Bobby Brown and Pat Houston.
“I’m begging you both to please put your differences aside and allow me this chance,” the letter continued. “Krissi loved me very much and she would want me there.”
Nick was named a person of interest in the investigation into the aspiring actress’s death. He is also facing a $40 million lawsuit filed by Krissy’s estate. According to the filing, he stands accused of stealing money and physically abusing her.
After peacefully pulling the plug on their beloved Bobbi Kristina this past Sunday (July 26), the Houston and Brown families are back to feuding.
Kristina’s funeral service was promptly held this morning miles outside of Atlanta at Saint James United Methodist Church in Alpharetta, Ga. Both friends and family were in attendance, including her father Bobby Brown and her aunts Leolah Brown and Pat Houston.
However, a day that was supposed to be peaceful and commemorate the life of Bobbi Kristina turned into a fiasco as her aunt Leolah Brown had an outburst during the service, According to TMZ, Brown started screaming, “Pat you know you are wrong for this!” Brown was then escorted off of the premises by security and friend of the family Tyler Perry.
Outside of the church paparazzi swarmed Leolah for answers as to what happened exactly inside. An upset and very frustrated Brown said that Whitney Houston will haunt Pat Houston from the grave adding, “Pat it’s not over. It’s just begun.” In the footage, she also explains that she has evidence and knowledge of who Pat “really” is, hinting that she isn’t a real family member. Before the cameras cut off, Leolah divulged that she believed Pat and Nick Gordon, who was notably absent from the service, were in connection with her niece’s death.
Watch the full video here.
After months of hoping and waiting for a recovery, Bobbi Kristina has tragically passed away at just 22 years old.
Her funeral will be held this Saturday.
Those who have been following the story, know that the incidents and events leading up to her passing have not been free of drama. Not only was Bobbi found in a way that was alarmingly similar to the way her mother was found years before, there were rumors and even speculation that Nick Gordon might have been involved in the ill fated accident.
Alex Reid, Bobbi Kristina’s best friend, alleged that Gordon had abused Bobbi Kristina throughout the course of their relationship.
In addition, Gordon himself blamed drugs for Bobbi Kris’ death, drugs that the two of them willingly used together. You may remember that infamous episode of Dr. Phil where Gordon was clearly high and simultaneously emotionally distraught. He was clearly a participant and even an enabler in her destructive behavior.
I don’t believe Nick Gordon was directly involved in Bobbi Kristina’s death but he certainly wasn’t helping her to live right. And both sides of Krissi’s family have been very vocal about expressing their disdain for him, even going so far as to implicate him in her death.
And in the midst of all of this, Gordon is petitioning the family to allow him to attend Bobbi Kristina’s funeral.
In excerpts from an e-mail obtained by TMZ, sent to both Bobby Brown and Pat Houston, Gordon writes partially:
“I loved Krissi with all my heart and I am destroyed that she is gone and I need to say goodbye.”
“I’m begging you both to please put your differences aside and allow me this chance.”
“Krissi loved me very much and she would want me there.”
As messy and tragic as all of this is, I believe the family should let him attend.
I know some of you are thinking I’m crazy right now but hear me out.
Nick Gordon has been a strange character, from the time we first learned he and Bobbi Kris were romantically involved. It was very clear that he was an opportunist, looking to gain attention and favor from the public after the death of Whitney Houston. And Bobbi Kristina, for better or worse, was his way to achieve this.
And while he might have been manipulative, I believe that those two loved each other. And Whitney loved him too.
Bobbi Kristina always struck me as a lonely child. I remember watching clips of her in that debacle of a reality show looking exhausted and exasperated, often. And after Whitney’s passing, it didn’t appear to be too many people in her corner. Whether that was a situation she created for herself or people just weren’t as interested as they claimed to be, it became abundantly clear that there was a lack of support. And it would be a shame to deny one of the few people who was consistently there for her, though not perfectly, the opportunity to say goodbye.
While there has been more than enough speculation, most of it coming from family members, initial autopsy reports suggest that there was no foul play involved in Bobbi Kristina’s passing. That’s not the final word but if it turns out to be, it would be insult to injury to keep Gordon away from the funeral.
Honestly, the similarities between Whitney and Bobbi Kris’ lives and deaths are disturbing. They both attached themselves to [allegedly] abusive men. Both couples were involved with drugs, through decisions of their own, and both died tragically, far too soon.
The only difference is that Bobbi Kristina experienced all of that dysfunction in 22 short years. The sad reality is that both Bobbi and Whitney made decisions for themselves as adults and the men in their lives, instead of guiding them away from that life, either encouraged it by participating or couldn’t do enough to stop them.
In all of this, I haven’t forgotten that Gordon too is a recovering addict. And losing the woman he loved has the potential to place him in a very vulnerable position, possibly causing him to return to drugs. Gordon might not be your or the family’s concern right now, but I’m sure both Whitney and Krissi wouldn’t want him to follow in their footsteps.
I don’t know how seriously Bobby Brown will consider Nick’s request but I would be surprised if he couldn’t even manage to see the similarities between himself and Gordon. Both have been made the scapegoats in Whitney and Bobbi’s deaths and there was some drama at Whitney’s funeral over a seating arrangement. Even after all Whitney and Bobby went through together, it was a real shame he wasn’t given the respect he deserved to both say goodbye to the mother of his child and support Bobbi Kristina in what was undoubtedly the moment she needed him the most.
Rumors, drama and ego is far too commonplace at funerals, and you don’t have to be famous to witness this. At a time when people should be thinking, reflecting the preciousness of life and love, they’d rather engage in enough foolishness to upset the souls of the very loved ones they’re attempting to honor.
At the end of the day, Bobbi Kristina chose Gordon in life. It’s more than likely that she would have want him there at her funeral.
According to the folks over at TMZ, who claim to have secretly recorded audio of Gordon in their possession, he knew almost immediately that he would be blamed for his girlfriend’s injuries. The conversation, which was taped three weeks after Brown was rushed to the hospital, was recorded by a relative of the aspiring actress. Gordon was reportedly unaware that he was being recorded, which is legal since Georgia is a 1-party state.
“When Krissy wakes up she’ll tell the truth to everybody. Everybody will feel stupid as f***… You know Krissy got in an accident two days before this happened, and the man is in critical condition right now,” Nick can reportedly be heard telling the relative. “If they take her off that life support, the police are going to have to take me down bro.”
He then continued with his version of the events that led to Brown’s hospitalization.
“I’ll tell you the honest truth, Krissy, she was under a lot of stress, and we were all doing drugs and you know, all, all drinking, bro,” Gordon reportedly said. “She just did too much man. She, listen, listen, bro. I will officially stay from bathtubs forever, I’ll tell you that.”
It is unclear if/when TMZ will release said audio. As previously reported, Brown has been placed in hospice care. If she passes away, the case will become a murder investigation.
Bobbi Kristina’s Bestie Details Alleged Abusive Relationship With Nick Gordon: “He Was Known To Choke Her”
Just one week after Bobbi Kristina Brown‘s conservator filed a lawsuit accusing boyfriend Nick Gordon of theft and physical abuse, Alex Reid, a close friend of Brown is speaking out about the volatile relationship and the troubling last two years of the 22-year-old’s life.
According to Reid, three weeks before Brown was found unconscious, she received a frightening phone call from the aspiring actress, who was hiding from Brown in her deceased mother’s closet.
“She was sobbing. Nick had hit her, and she was scared,” Reid alleged in an interview with E! News. “She was very upset. She didn’t know what to do. It was as if, she didn’t have anyone else to turn to. It was heartbreaking.”
Sadly, Brown’s confidant shared that the closet incident wasn’t the only time that her friend was afraid of Gordon.
“Krissi was physically abused by Nick on a number of occasions, and she told me about some of them,” said Reid. “I never witnessed anything…she would FaceTime me every time she was distraught when something has just happened or show me a bruise.”
“He was known to choke her, throw her into walls, punch her in the jaw. Just unbelievable stuff.”
Reid shared that Brown felt she was robbed of the only person who truly loved her when her mother passed away in 2012.
“She used to tell me, ‘Alex, there’s no one in the world who loves me. There’s no one who just loves me. I used to just lay in my mom’s arms in bed and just know that I was loved.’ She was like, ‘Now, there’s nobody who loves me. There’s nobody I can trust. There’s nobody I can talk to.'”
The R&B heiress befriended Reid two years ago and almost immediately opened up about the alleged abuse.
“I don’t know when he started hitting her,” she shared. “But I know of at least four occasions when he struck her. She also told me about how he had tried to choke her once. She was definitely scared. She had some friends, but not many. One time I remember she called me for three hours. She was hyperventilating. I could barely understand what she was saying because she was so distraught. When she could finally get the words out she told me he had been physically abusive. He had hit her in the face and thrown her against a wall.”
As in many abusive relationships, Reid says that there were times when Brown wanted to leave Gordon.
“She would have moments of strength, where she would talk about having a happy, productive life. And then she would slip back and think she couldn’t do anything without him.”
As for why she’s speaking out now, the young woman says that she has been wanting to since the January incident that left Brown hospitalized, but she decided to remain silent out of loyalty to Brown.
“There are things that I know that no one else does,” she shared. “And I hope that by speaking out I can help the investigation in some way.”
Apparently, Brown’s recent transfer to hospice care caused her to experience a change of heart.
“I love her. I would never have betrayed her and spoken out before now,” Reid went on.”But as she lies there, I feel there is no one else to speak on her behalf. I feel like I have to be a voice for her now.”
You can read more from Reid’s interview here.
D.A. Prepares For Possible Bobbi Kristina Murder Probe: “We Will Be Reviewing The Case With Greater Interest”
Now that Bobbi Kristina Brown has been moved to hospice care, the Fulton County District Attorney’s Office is keeping an eye on the situation because it now has the potential to turn into a full-blown murder case.
According to TMZ, Brown being taken off of life support suggests that she will pass soon, which gives prosecutors all the more reason to look into the circumstances surrounding the Jan. 31 incident that landed Brown in the hospital.
“In view of the new circumstances regarding the health status of Bobbi Kristina Brown, we will be reviewing the case with greater interest,” said a spokesperson for the Fulton County D.A.
As previously reported, police opened a criminal investigation shortly after Brown was discovered unresponsive in a bathtub earlier this year. The 22-year-old’s body showed signs of physical injury including bruises and as a recent lawsuit revealed, a swollen mouth and missing tooth.
We will continue to keep you posted as new details emerge.
In the grievance, which was filed with the Fulton County Superior Court by Brown’s appointed conservator Bedelia Hargrove, Gordon is accused of assault, battery, intentional infliction of emotional distress, and transferring money from her account into his own without authorization.
The lawsuit claims Gordon took advantage of Brown by initially representing himself as the young woman’s surrogate brother prior to her mother, Whitney Houston’s 2012 death. However, after Brown inherited a lump sum of money–presumably from Houston’s estate–Gordon “assumed the position of Brown’s boyfriend.”
The complaint goes on to allege that around January 9, 2014, Gordon “perpetuated the fraud that he had married Brown though in fact he never did so.” He allegedly used this new misrepresented position to “control Brown and limit with whom she could interact.” According to the suit, Gordon frequently answered her cell phone, “manipulated her bank relationship so that she could access her money,” and barred him from making appointments without him.
As for the domestic violence accusations, Brown’s estate alleges that Gordon punched her in the face, knocked out one of her front teeth and dragged her upstairs by her hair. According to the estate’s account, Brown began confiding in a friend whom she told that Gordon “was not the man she thought he was.” On January 31, Brown allegedly set up a meeting to speak with the unidentified friend to discuss what she had been going through with Gordon. Sadly, she never made it to that meeting.
The aspiring actress got into an argument with Gordon that day and was later found unresponsive, face down in a bathtub. Her mouth was swollen, and another tooth had been knocked out, the lawsuit claims. She was later diagnosed with “global and irreversible brain damage.”
Since her hospitalization, Brown’s estate claims that Gordon stole an additional $11,000 from her bank account. After filing the suit, Hargrove released a statement explaining the legal move, writing:
Today I filed a lawsuit on behalf of Bobbi Kristina Brown. 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. This lawsuit represents our collective efforts to get justice for Bobbi Kristina.
We pray that justice will be done for her and that it will be swift.
Brown’s estate is requesting at least $10 million in damages from Gordon.
Bobbi Kristina, the daughter of late singer Whitney Houston and R&B star Bobby Brown is still in a medically induced coma in the hospital after being found unresponsive in her bathtub in January by her boyfriend Nick Gordon and a friend. In a recent interview with Bobbi Kristinas grandmother Cissy Houston, she said:
“I give it to God one time because I know he’s able. And I cannot change a thing,” said the 81-year-old, who had lost her own daughter, Whitney Houston, die in an eerily parallel situation.” The Inquisitr reported.
Emotions have been high for months between Nick Gordon and Bobbi’s family members with Gordon publically venting on social media about Bobby Brown not letting him see Bobbi Kristina in the hospital. Nick was so distraught that he ended up going on Dr. Phil with his mother. It was an emotional episode filled with ups and downs and Nick even appeared to be intoxicated. Dr Phil ended up convincing him to check into rehab and a close source says it has been a positive experience so far for Nick Gordon.
Check out what the inside source told PEOPLE:
“Nick is responding well to rehab treatment with no relapses,” the source tells PEOPLE. “The quiet time is good for him. He needed it.”
“Nick is a special person with many temptations and needs to be in a place where he can continue to heal and grow,” the source tells PEOPLE. “He should stay for a long time – as long as he will allow.”
“The best thing for Nick is that he is out of the way, out of the limelight,” the source says. “This way he can continue the process to improve himself and move forward in a better life. It is a blessing that he is in rehab.”
I didn’t see the full episode of Dr. Phil’s heavily promoted interview-turned-intervention of Nick Gordon, Bobbi Kristina’s partner. Nick is a drunken, grieving and suicidal mess in the clips of the show and the subsequent press that are in heavy circulation. Then there is Dr. Phil, all ready to take advantage of it seemingly for the massive ratings that will result. However, Dr. Phil said one thing that unnerved me more than anything: he told Nick Gordon to “man up.”
“You gotta get yourself cleaned up. You gotta man up. You gotta straighten up…”
“I’ve been so strong for so many people, for so long. So please, don’t tell me to man up.”
“Yes, I am going to tell you that.”
“No, you’re not.”
“I just did.”
I am no psychiatrist or mental health counselor, but I am wondering where telling a suicidal, grieving and in-need-of-rehab individual to “man up” falls on the list of wrong things to say. I am not inherently upset at the use of the word term “man up.” If you have children and aren’t taking care of them, then “man up.” If times get tough and you start to crumble under the weight of a little pressure, telling somebody to “man up” just may be an improperly proper use of word. However, I think Dr. Phil made some pseudo attempt at toughness towards somebody clearly isn’t built like that (another manly term).
Somebody near and dear to me said that I was a “manly man,” something which I had never heard before. I’ve been told I am a stern dad, but I am also a lot of fun with my love of comic books, music and all-around goofiness. If I am some form of “manly man,” I got it from my father or – gasp – I am turning into my dad. I never saw my dad weak, particularly mentally. Even the day he died, he was powerful in the midst of a dying state. So, I understand why some people may say to Nick, “Man up!” Yes, he looks extra frail, mentally even, but I think that is the time when you have to have some compassion. When Mike Brown was killed by Darren Wilson, I momentarily broke down. Everybody is not cut from burlap and we all need support to keep from taking succumbing.
Oddly enough, the latest episode of “Being Mary Jane” shocked me when it delved into the issues of Black men, mental health, suicide and stress – all valid issues. On the episode, a prominent male Black attorney kills himself after succumbing to life’s pressure. Sheldon, one of the shows characters smoothly says to Pauletta “Mary Jane” Patterson, “Black men, in America, today like (the lawyer) Brian Ellis, have been smothered literally their whole lives as they claw their way up the ranks. Smothered by corporate greed. Smothered by racism. By oppression. Smothered by hatred. Smothered by fear. Smothered by a system that truly never meant for them to succeed.” Then – for sexiness sake – Mary Jane and Sheldon’s conversation devolves into a tit-for-tat Black men versus Black women conversation. I am sure it made for good TV to those that watch regularly and lust for twitter quips.
The only thing is: this is real life.
“There’s definitely a mental health aspect to all of this. Black men in particular are reared and taught to be a certain way, whether it be our culture internally or society at large. We’re always taught that we’re tougher. Just because you’re Black you’re tougher, which may be true to a certain degree. But, with a lot of Black men, we don’t allow ourselves to express sadness.” – Chuck Creekmur from “Celebrity Crime Files: Shakir Stewart”
One thing I concede, as explicitly stated in “Being Mary Jane,” Black women have been there for me in my hardest times and I’ve done my best to be there for them as well – a notion rejected in the show’s dialogue. The reality is that men don’t often feel they can release those emotions to women or other men for fear of somebody saying, “Man up!” As it relates to boys, this basically says, “Push down all your emotions, keep it inside and don’t even let it out again, boy. You are to be stronger than you are and, frankly, I don’t want to see it.” There are always going to be life struggles so parents will have moments that test their child’s intestinal fortitude. These instances are not when somebody is crying out of grief, threatening suicide and compromised by drugs or alcohol.
Here is my clip from Celebrity Crime Files:
PS: For the record, this op-ed piece is not meant to determine if Nick Gordon is acting hurt or not, or whether he is the reason Bobbi Kristina is on life support.