Bobbi Kristina Brown’s boyfriend has been accused in a $10m lawsuit of causing her life-threatening injuries and stealing from her bank account while she was in a coma, Sky News reports. The only child of late singer Whitney Houston was moved to a hospice on Wednesday after suffering irreversible brain damage five months ago. Nick Gordon and a friend found Bobbi Kristina, 22, face down and unresponsive in a bathtub in her Atlanta home on 31 January.
The incident had eerie similarities to the 2012 death of her mother. In the first public account of what is alleged to have happened, the lawsuit claimed that Bobbi Kristina had a loud argument with Gordon on the day she was found. When it ended she was found “unresponsive and unconscious, face down in a bathtub, with her mouth swollen and another tooth knocked out”.
It said that as a direct result of Gordon’s conduct “Brown has suffered life-threatening bodily harm”. Gordon was partly raised by Whitney Houston as an informally adopted son. He later began dating Bobbi Kristina and after the singer’s death, the pair referred to each other as husband and wife although they were never legally married. The lawsuit alleged that Gordon began to beat up Bobbi Kristina and tried to take control of the millions she inherited from her mother.
“Even after Brown’s hospitalisation, and while she was in a coma, (Gordon) accessed Brown’s bank account and stole in excess of $11,000,” the lawsuit added. Gordon was barred by the family in February from visiting Bobbi Kristina in the hospital where she was placed in a medically induced coma. No one has been criminally charged in the case. Randall Kessler, Gordon’s lawyer, said he had no comment on the lawsuit which was filed in Georgia by Bobbi Kristina’s court-appointed conservator.
A statement issued by the Houston family on Wednesday said that despite great medical care “Bobbi Kristina Brown’s condition has continued to deteriorate. As of today, she has been moved into hospice care … She is in God’s hands now.” Bobbi Kristina is the daughter of Houston and R&B singer Bobby Brown. They divorced when she was 14 after a tempestuous, drug-fuelled marriage.
Her Grammy award-winning mother drowned in a Beverly Hills hotel bathtub in February 2012 at the age of 48. In that case, authorities said years of cocaine abuse and heart disease played a key role.