In August 2015, Brown's conservator, Bedelia Hargrove, filed a $10 million wrongful death civil suit against Gordon, alleging that he had physically abused and stole thousands of dollars from Bobbi Kristina. In an amendment to that suit, it is alleged that Gordon gave his girlfriend a "toxic cocktail, rendering her unconscious and then put her face down in a tub of cold water causing her to suffer brain damage."
In September, Gordon was found civilly liable for Bobbi Kristina's death after failing to appear in an Atlanta, Georgia, courtroom in regard to the wrongful death lawsuit. He was then ordered in November to 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).
Prior to the verdict, Gordon's lawyers released a statement regarding the lawsuit filed against their client, claiming it was 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 read. "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."
While Gordon has been found legally responsible for Bobbi Kristina's death, her father, Bobby Brown, isn't satisfied and is hoping that criminal charges will also be filed against his daughter's former boyfriend. "I know some things that happened to my daughter. I don't know the specifics of what happened, but as the judge has said, he is legally responsible," Brown said in an interview with pastor T.D. Jakes. "I know some things that happened to my daughter, but it's up to the D.A. now to do his job."