A judge ordered Nick Gordon to pay $36 million to Bobbi Kristina Brown’s estate Thursday, a little under two months after he was ruled legally responsible for her death.
Judge T. Jackson Bedford Jr. made the decision on Thursday at a court hearing, which Gordon did not attend, according to World Wrap Federation.
Brown’s estate had been seeking $40 million from Gordon — Brown’s former boyfriend — in its wrongful death lawsuit against him, which was filed in October 2015.
Brown’s father, singer Bobby Brown, contended his daughter had a major career ahead of her in the entertainment industry before her untimely passing.
“She was an entertainer,” he said at the hearing. “If you were around her, all you could do was laugh.”
“She was always the life of the party.”
Brown was moved to tears later on in the hearing.
In a statement after the ruling, he called for action from the district attorney in criminal charges.
“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,” he said.
“Finally, I do need for the District Attorney’s Office to step up and begin the criminal prosecution of Mr. Gordon. The delay in that matter is of great concern to me and my family. We need for District Attorney Howard to act now.”
Gordon was deemed legally responsible for Brown’s death in September after he failed to show up at a court hearing in Fulton County, Ga.
Brown — the only child of legendary vocalist Whitney Houston — was found face down and unresponsive in a bathtub filled with cold water in her Georgia home in January 2015.
After six months in a coma, she died in hospice care at the age of 22. An autopsy report later concluded her death was the result of mixed drug intoxication coupled with drowning.
Brown’s conservator blamed Gordon — who was dating the entertainer at the time she was discovered in the bathtub — for her death, accusing him of drugging her and leaving her for dead in the water.
Gordon has maintained his innocence, and a criminal investigation remains ongoing.