Nick Gordon, the ex-boyfriend of the late Bobbi Kristina Brown, was arrested on a domestic violence charge Saturday involving his new live-in girlfriend.
Gordon, 28, was accused of “hitting and punching” his girlfriend, 26-year-old Laura Leal, according to a report by the Sanford Police Department in Florida.
Leal told police that they started arguing around midnight because “he thought she was trying to hook up with one of his friends” before he allegedly became violent.
She said she tried to get help during the episode but Gordon took away her phone and computer, the police report stated. It was after sunrise before Leal was able to break free, and wake Gordon’s sleeping mother to get help.
When Leal arrived at the police station with her sister, authorities said Leal had injuries to her arm and face.
Gordon was arrested at a clubhouse near their home later that morning for domestic battery and false imprisonment.
The incident comes just months after Gordon was ordered by an Atlanta judge to pay more than $36 million to Bobbi Kristina Brown’s family for her wrongful death. He was deemed legally responsible for the 22-year-old’s death after he failed to appear at a civil hearing.
Bobbi Kristina, the daughter of Whitney Houston, was found unconscious in a tub in January 2015 and passed away in hospice care a month later.
A lawsuit claimed Gordon had beaten Brown after a “cocaine and drinking binge” before giving his longtime girlfriend a “toxic cocktail” that caused her to pass out.
Gordon was also accused in the suit of assault, battery, intentional infliction of emotional distress and transferring money from Brown’s bank account into his own without authorization.
No criminal charges were filed against Gordon in Bobbi Kristina’s death.
His attorneys denied he had anything to do with the death of his longtime girlfriend and instead called it a “tragic accident.”