According to a video obtained by TMZ, Brown’s father, former New Edition boy bander Bobby Brown, told the court that she had planned to go into entertainment—following in not only his footsteps, but those of her mother, Whitney Houston. Due to her talent and famous parentage, Brown believed his daughter to have extremely high show-business prospects.
“She was an entertainer. If you were around her, all you would do was laugh. She told a lot of jokes. She was always the life of the party…and anywhere she went,” Brown said Thursday on the stand. “I know she had the talent to be successful.”
He went on to state his belief that Gordon was responsible for Bobbi Kristina’s death.
Judge T. Jackson Bedford, Jr. agreed, and awarded Bobbi Kristina’s estate $36 million. The financial breakdown comprised partially of:
— $1,575,041 for conversion (theft of Brown’s funds), with the maximum charge of $250,000 for punitive damages
—$1,370,877.52 for assault and battery medical damages
—$13 million for pain and suffering, with an additional $4,200,000 because Gordon was found to be under the influence of alcohol and drugs
—$15,056,000 million for loss of life, factoring in future earning potential
Gordon has yet to comment on the ruling, but one of his relatives tells PEOPLE that he’s understandably distraught. “Nick isn’t in a good place right now. He doesn’t have any money. This is symbolic more than anything, because they’re not going to get anything from him. You can’t get blood from a stone.”
They go on to say that Gordon will likely file for bankruptcy. “That will probably be his next step, but I don’t think he’s thinking straight right now. He is still in mourning for Krissi. This isn’t going to bring her back, no matter what they think. They need to look into themselves to see what part everybody played in this, not just Nick. Everybody needs a lot of prayer.”
- Reporting by ELISSA ROSEN and STEVE HELLING