Nick Gordon Steps Out After Being Found Liable for Bobbi Kristina Brown's Death
By Raphael Chestang
Nick Gordon was spotted out on Sunday after failing to appear in an Atlanta, Georgia, court last Friday for the wrongful death lawsuit filed by Bobbi Kristina Brown's estate.
Gordon, 26, was found civilly liable for his late girlfriend's death on Friday after being a no-show at the hearing. He chose to keep quiet on Sunday when photographers peppered him with questions following a stop at a gas station.
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.
In August 2015, Brown's conservator, Bedelia Hargrove, filed a $10 million wrongful death civil suit, alleging that Gordon physically abused and stole thousands of dollars from her. In an amendment to that suit, it is alleged that Gordon gave Brown a "toxic cocktail, rendering her unconscious and then put her face down in a tub of cold water causing her to suffer brain damage."
No criminal charges have been filed against Gordon, and according to his former attorney, Randy Kessler, Gordon's failure to appear in court "does not establish that he did anything wrong."
"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," Kessler told ET on Saturday.
"To me, that does not establish that he did anything wrong," he said. "It is not a decision on the merits."
Last August, Gordon's lawyers at the time called Hargrove's civil suit "slanderous and meritless."
Bobbi Kristina's father, Bobby Brown, spoke out in a statement to ET on Friday following the ruling.
"I am pleased with the outcome of today's court proceedings," he said. "All I ever wanted was answers relating to who and what caused my daughter's death. Today's judgment tells me it was Nick Gordon. Now I need to process all the emotions I have and lean on God to get me and my family through this."