The Fulton County District Attorney’s Office (DA) is taking Nick Gordon’s latest arrest for domestic violence into consideration while they continue to investigate the 2015 death of Bobbi Kristina Brown, the daughter of singers Whitney Houston and Bobby Brown.
Although the Fulton County DA has remained mostly mum while investigating Bobbi Kristina’s untimely death, a spokesperson wrote a statement regarding Gordon’s arrest last week, indicating that the new charges will add “an additional layer of evidence” to the investigation.
“We have consistently refrained from commenting on our investigation into the death of Bobbi Kristina Brown because of our general policy regarding commenting on open criminal investigations. However, it goes without saying that the arrest of Nick Gordon in the Florida domestic violence case will certainly add an additional layer of evidence to the final resolution of this matter.”
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No criminal charges have been filed yet, but the investigation into Bobbi Kristina’s death is ongoing. In January 2015, she was found face-down and comatose in a bathtub in her Roswell, Georgia, townhome. She never regained consciousness and passed away six months later.
A number of Bobbi Kristina’s friends and family members had said on several different occasions that not only was Gordon encouraging drug use but also emotionally and physically abusing her. He’s been accused of pulling Bobbi Kristina up a flight of stairs by her hair and knocking her tooth out.
Further, while she fought for her life in the hospital, Gordon stole over $10,000 from her bank account.
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Gordon was arrested on June 10 in Sanford, Florida, after his live-in girlfriend, Lara Leal, told police that he hit her and tried to lock her up and stop her from leaving. The incident apparently occurred on Friday night at Duffy’s Sports Bar in Lake Mary, Florida, while couple drank with friends while watching the NBA finals.
At some point, Gordon grew enraged and accused Leal of cheating on him. They began to argue, which escalated further once they arrived back at their home. Leal isn’t sure why Gordon became so angry, but she said it wasn’t the first time he’s abused her.
“It was like a switch had been flicked. He wanted me to admit that I was involved with his friend but I wasn’t going to admit to something that wasn’t true. He literally sat on top of me on the bed punching my head with his big ass body on top of me. I was punched so hard that I was seeing colors and a bright flashing light.”
Leal said that the excruciating ordeal lasted until 7 a.m. on Saturday morning. She didn’t have a phone after Gordon reportedly smashed her iPhone into pieces, so she sent her sister a Facebook message on Gordon’s tablet, asking for help. Her sister ordered her an Uber ride, but Gordon saw the message and blocked Leal’s attempt to get away. She finally escaped once she grabbed a large candle out of desperation, and threw it at Gordon’s face.
The candle hit Gordon, causing blood to spew out of his nose. Leal ran into Gordon’s mother room before he could strike her again.
“I didn’t mean to break his nose but it was a survival instinct.
He looked at me with such hate that I will never forget it. He raised his fist like he was about to knock me out so I opened the door and ran into his mom’s room. She hopped out of bed, I said, ‘Michelle I need to get home,’ and she said she would take me. She is a great woman. She saved my life. Nick threw my stuff all over the sidewalk but it ended right there.”
On Sunday, the Stanford Sheriff’s Office set Gordon’s bail at $15,500. He’s charged with domestic battery and false imprisonment. He posted bail on Tuesday but was ordered to wear an ankle monitor and refrain from contacting Leal. He’s due back in court on August 1.
[Feature Photo: Sanford PD]