Bobbi Kristina Brown’s boyfriend Nick Gordon is a “scapegoat” in the series of events surrounding the 22-year-old Bobbi Kristina, a close relative of Gordon told People magazine. The comments came just days after a lawsuit was filed by Bobbi Kristina’s conservator alleging that Gordon abused his girlfriend and stole money from her.
"He feels -- and we all feel -- like Nick has been a scapegoat in this case," Gordon’s relative told People magazine. "It's scary for him, because he hasn't done anything wrong. He is completely innocent.
"He has always cooperated with police, and he has nothing to hide," the relative reportedly said. "Anyone who looks at the facts would see that."
The lawsuit, which was filed Wednesday in Fulton County Superior Court in Atlanta, claimed that Gordon pretended to be her husband to "control Brown and limit with whom she could interact.” The suit also stated that Gordon "manipulated her bank relationship so that he could access her money. This was all part of a scheme to benefit from her wealth.” The lawsuit reportedly demands at least $40 million in “punitive damages” on four counts of assault, battery, intentional infliction of emotional distress and conversion.
On Thursday, Gordon was spotted relaxing at his Florida home with his friends. However, his relative said "it's a stressful time" for Gordon and “he's not doing too well, but he's being as strong as he can."
The Fulton County district attorney reportedly confirmed Thursday that his office is reviewing the January incident “with great interest.”
On Jan. 31, Bobbi Kristina was found unresponsive in a bathtub at her Atlanta home, following which she was put in a medically induced coma. Gordon, who first spotted Bobbi Kristina unconscious in the bathtub, reportedly performed cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) in a bid to revive her as he waited for paramedics to arrive. The 25-year-old has not been allowed to see Bobbi Kristina since she was hospitalized as her family suspects him of foul play.
In mid-March, Bobbi Kristina was moved to the DeKalb Medical rehabilitation facility. However, her condition deteriorated forcing her family to move her to a Georgia hospice care on Wednesday.
A criminal investigation is ongoing in the case after police found injury marks on Bobbi Kristina’s body. Prosecutors are also reportedly preparing a potential murder case against Gordon as hope for Bobbi Kristina’s recovery fades.
Meanwhile, Ian Halperin, the author of the unauthorized biography, "Whitney & Bobbi Kristina: The Deadly Price of Fame," spoke out about Gordon after reports surfaced that the latter was avoiding questions about Bobbi Kristina after the lawsuit was filed.
"This is a clear-cut case of negligence, of abuse, of foul play," Halperin said, Entertainment Tonight reported Friday. "And right now, Nick Gordon is shaking in his boots. I have spoken today to members of Bobby Brown's family, and they want justice immediately."
Halperin also claimed that Gordon stole far more than $11,000 mentioned in the lawsuit when Bobbi Kristina was in a medically induced coma.
"They had joint accounts. Nick insisted on it," Halperin reportedly said. "There were fancy cars. There was fancy jewelry. There were trips. We won't know until a proper investigation is done. But I'll tell you right now it's much more than $11,000."
Halperin’s book, which was released earlier this month, claims that Bobbi Kristina was a “wild child” and a drug addict before she turned 15. A neighbor, cited by Halperin, reportedly said that Bobbi Kristina “was always high on something” but mostly looked like she was high “on heroin.”