Bobbi Kristina Brown’s partner, Nick Gordon, has lost a wrongful death lawsuit filed by the estate of Whitney Houston’s late daughter.

A Georgia judge upheld the plaintiff’s case against Gordon as he repeatedly failed to meet court deadlines.

The lawsuit alleged that Gordon physically abused Brown and took money from her estate without her permission.

Brown, 22, died in August 2015, several months after being found unresponsive in a bath at her suburban Atlanta home.

R David Ware, a lawyer for the Brown estate conservator, said outside court. “The court agrees with us, by striking Mr Gordon’s answer that he is legally responsible for her death.”