Bobbi Kristina Brown's Estate Accuses Nick Gordon of Domestic Abuse and Stealing Money in $40 Million Lawsuit | NBC Bay Area

Bobbi Kristina Brown's Estate Accuses Nick Gordon of Domestic Abuse and Stealing Money in $40 Million Lawsuit



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    Nick Gordon and Bobbi Kristina Brown

    Bobbi Kristina Brown's court-appointed conservator has filed a lawsuit against Nick Gordon, who was living with Bobbi Kristina at the time she suffered a brain injury that left her incapacitated back in January.

    Brown is now in hospice care and the suit, filed by Bedelia C. Hargrove, alleges that Gordon committed domestic abuse and made unauthorized money transfers from his girlfriend's bank account into his own when they were together.

    Gordon, who has since completed a stint in rehab and was most recently spotted in Florida, has been estranged from Bobbi Kristina's family since her accident, with his side saying that they refused to let him see her in the hospital and the family saying that Gordon never made that much of an effort to be there.

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    Hargrove was appointed Bobbi Kristina's conservator in early May when the 22-year-old's dad, Bobby Brown, and aunt Pat Houston were named co-guardians.

    Her complaint, filed Tuesday in Superior Court in Georgia's Fulton County, alleges that Gordon "assumed the position" of Bobbi Kristina's boyfriend after she inherited a "substantial sum" when mother Whitney Houston died in 2012. Hargrove contends that Gordon was very controlling as "part of a scheme to benefit from her wealth" and then would "routinely [transfer] a large portion of Brown's funds into an account controlled solely by him, without the consent or authorization of Brown."

    Sometime after April 14, the suit further alleges, Gordon began to domestically abuse Bobbi Kristina, "including punching her in the face, knocking out a front tooth and dragging her upstairs by her hair."

    The complaint also alleges that Bobbi Kristina had planned to meet up with someone on Jan. 31, the day of her accident, to discuss the revelation that Gordon "was not the man she thought he was."

    The suit also claims that Gordon stole more than $11,000 from Bobbi Kristina's account after she was hospitalized.

    Hargrove, calling herself in court documents "conservator and next friend for Bobbi Kristina Brown," is demanding at least $40 million in punitive damages for Bobbi Kristina on allegations including assault, battery, intentional infliction of emotional distress and conversion.

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    A lawyer for Gordon has not yet returned a request for comment.

    "I filed this lawsuit to pursue justice on behalf of Bobbi Kristina Brown," Hargrove said in a statement Wednesday. "No human being, male or female, should endure what Bobbi Kristina endured. Pat Houston and Bobby Brown have done all they can do 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."

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