On Friday, September 16, a Georgia judge foundNick Gordonlegally responsible for the death of his girlfriend, Bobbi Kristina Brown. Because Gordon did not show up for the civil hearing at the Fulton County Superior Court in Atlanta, he was found in contempt of the order and the judge's decision was made by default. This was the second time the accused hasn't shown up for a hearing. The public must understand that even though the judge found Gordon legally responsible, he has not been charged for his girlfriend's death. The criminal case is still ongoing.

As a reminder, Bobbi Kristina, the only daughter of Bobby Brown and the late Whitney Houston died July 26, 2015, six months after she was found unconscious in her bathtub on January 31, 2015.

Nick Gordon's involvement

In August 2016, Gordon was faced with a wrongful death civil lawsuit from the Brown's family in the amount of $50 million. Nick Gordon has been accused of a long list of crimes against his 22-year-old girlfriend. He has been accused of assault, battery, intentional infliction of emotional distress, and for transferring money from Bobbi Kristina's account into his own account without permission to do so. Gordon has claimed his innocence from the very beginning, and he is still claiming he is innocent.

He appeared on the "Dr. Phil" show several times to deny the charges. Gordon has not responded to Friday's ruling.

Brown family's responses

Bobby Brown said in a statement that he was pleased with the judge's decision. The rest of the Brown family also released a statement about their delight that the judge ruled Gordon legally responsible.

While it won't bring their relative back, it is a relief that the court agrees with them about who is responsible for her death. One of the Brown's attorneys said he was pleased that thecourt has made this ruling. The lawyer emphasized that this is not a criminal case decision, and it doesn’t have to be. The family wanted the court to establish that Gordon was responsible for the woman's injuries that came before her death. Nowthat this ruling has taken place, ajury trial will be scheduled to determine damages in the case.