The new allegations are made in response to Nick Gordon’s motion to stay discovery proceedings in the civil lawsuit filed by Brown’s conservator.
Discovery is the legal procedures used to gather evidence for a lawsuit.
Brown, the 22-year-old daughter of the late Whitney Houston and Bobby Brown, died on July 26 — months after being found unresponsive in the tub of her Roswell home on Jan. 31. Brown never regained consciousness.
The Fulton County Medical Examiner’s Office says it has determined the cause and manner of Brown’s death, but hasn’t released those results to the public due to a court order from a Fulton County Superior Court judge.
The suit, which was originally filed in June and amended in August after Brown’s death, accused Gordon of assault, battery, intentional infliction of emotional distress, and transferring money from her account into his own without authorization.
Gordon has denied all allegations, and has not been criminally charged.
The response to Gordon’s motion goes into more details of the alleged abuse Brown suffered before the incident that led to her death. According to the documents, Brown “died following a particularly violent altercation with [Gordon] that left her battered and bruised, with a tooth knocked out…”
Lawyers for Brown’s conservator say that Gordon had “no problem giving an interview to Dr. Phil, but asks this court to relieve him of his legal responsibility to participate in discovery in this case.” The response goes on to state the Gordon has waged “a public relations war with” Brown’s family. It also states that Gordon reportedly received $40,000 to allow a magazine to photograph him at Brown’s grave.
According to the response, lawyers say Gordon is arguing that continuing discovery, “his Fifth Amendment rights ‘are being implicated,'” and “seeks a blanket prohibition against Plaintiff asking him any questions in discovery.” The documents state that Gordon and his lawyers have made a number of statements to the press, discussed the case on TV and admits to some of the allegations in the lawsuit.
Gordon “never sought court intervention to preserve any purported Fifth Amendment privilege nor sought to avail himself of any of the court process with would have delayed or preventing his having to answer any questions” regarding Brown’s injuries and subsequent death. “Now, some 4 months following the filing of the Complaint…the Defendant brazenly requests the court to block discovery.”
Lawyers for Brown’s conservator refute assertions that Gordon doesn’t have the funds to pay for legal proceeding, saying he “clearly has assets since has multiple counsel and is selling photographs to the highest bidder. Discovery may reveal a cache of other resources to pay the judgment against him if one is obtained.”