On Friday Nick Gordon was deemed legally responsible for the death of his girlfriend, Bobbi Kristina Brown, in a civil suit filed against him by the conservator of her estate. On January 31, 2014, Brown was found face-down in the bathtub of cold water, alive but unresponsive​; she died on July 26, 2015, never having regained consciousness.

The lawsuit alleged wrongful death, along with prior accusations that Gordon had physically abused Brown and stolen almost $11,000 from her bank accounts while she was hospitalized. Based on "information and belief," the civil suit alleged that the couple had a fight on January 31, during which Gordon, who was then living with Brown, accused her of cheating and gave her "toxic cocktail rendering her unconscious," before placing her in face-down in the bathtub, causing irreparable brain damage.