Bobby Brown and a judge agreed that Bobbi Kristina had unlimited earning potential before her untimely death. Now that a court has ruled that Nick Gordon is legally responsible for her death, he owes her estate $36 million dollars.
Read excerpts via USA Today:
Fulton County Superior Court Judge T. Jackson Bedford ruled that because Gordon failed to appear twice to answer the suit, anything alleged by the plaintiffs was admitted through omission. The lawsuit sought $50 million in damages.
Following the series of testimonials from Bobby Brown, and friends of Bobbi Kristina Thursday , Bedford assessed the damages and losses related to the January incident to determine the value of Bobbi Kristina’s life.
“To determine the value of a life is pretty difficult. So the court has been back there primarily struggling with that particular issue,” Bedford said.
The judge awarded more than $36 million, broken down as:
$1.575 million for money taken from the account, including alleged stolen rings
$250,000 in punitive damages
$1.37 million for assault and battery
$13.8 million for pain and suffering as a result of assault
$4.2 million in punitive damages
$15 million for present value of life
David Ware, who represented the Brown estate along with Glenda Hatchett, issued a statement saying there was an “urgent need to get justice for Bobbi Kristina Brown.”
“We intend to pursue, with all vigor, the full collection of the judgment,” Ware said in the statement. “The defendant will not escape justice nor ever profit from his misdeeds. We hope that in some small way this will allow Krissy’s family to continue their quest for peace.”
“Domestic violence is a horrible reality in our society and Bobbi suffered such horrific pain and degradation at the hands of Nick Gordon, the man she loved and trusted,” Hatchett added. “No one should suffer the way she did and the judge sent a strong message in the award of punitive damages that this despicable behavior is inexcusable and will not be tolerated.”