Saturday 23 September 2017

Lawyer claims client found Bobbi Kristina at Atlanta home, not her partner

Police said the 21-year-old daughter of Whitney Houston and R&B singer Bobby Brown was taken to a hospital Saturday after she was found face down and unresponsive in a bathtub in a suburban Atlanta townhome.
Police said the 21-year-old daughter of Whitney Houston and R&B singer Bobby Brown was taken to a hospital Saturday after she was found face down and unresponsive in a bathtub in a suburban Atlanta townhome.
Bobbi Kristina Brown, daughter of late pop star Whitney Houston and singer Bobby Brown, was rushed to hospital after she was found unresponsive in a bathtub in her home in Roswell
Whitney Houston's daughter Bobbi Kristina Brown has been taken to hospital the day after her mother's death
Whitney Houston and Bobby Brown with daughter, Bobbi Kristin at Bobby's 25th birthday at Tavern On The Green in NYC in 1994

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A lawyer says it was his client who found Bobbi Kristina Brown face-down in a bathtub last week and called 911, not Ms Brown's partner.

Lawyer Philip Holloway said that 24-year-old Maxwell Lomas of Duluth, Georgia - not Nick Gordon - found Ms Brown on Saturday at a house in suburban Atlanta.

Lomas and Mr Gordon, 25, were both listed in the police report as being at the home.

Ms Brown, 21, is the only child of Bobby Brown and the late Whitney Houston. Her relatives have said she is in a hospital "fighting for her life".

Whitney Houston was found dead in a hotel bathtub in 2012.

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Lomas was arrested on January 15 and charged with weapons offences, marijuana possession and possession of an anxiety drug.

Mr Holloway says Lomas pleaded not guilty and the arrest is unrelated to the discovery of Ms Brown in the bathtub.

Whitney Houston and Bobby Brown with daughter, Bobbi Kristin at Bobby's 25th birthday at Tavern On The Green in NYC in 1994
Whitney Houston and Bobby Brown with daughter, Bobbi Kristin at Bobby's 25th birthday at Tavern On The Green in NYC in 1994

Mr Holloway said of Lomas: "He immediately pulled her from the water and called 911 as well as alerting other people in the house.

"He did whatever he could do to assist in resuscitative measures until first responders arrived.

"He remains in the Metropolitan Atlanta area and has been questioned by police as have many other people."

The lawyer described Lomas as a close friend and frequent house guest of Ms Brown's.

Bobbi Kristina Brown (R) and Nick Gordon in 2012 (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
Bobbi Kristina Brown (R) and Nick Gordon in 2012 (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

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Ms Brown has previously commented often about her marriage to Gordon, the orphaned young man she grew up with after Houston brought him into the family. But her father's lawyer says they never wed.

"To correct earlier reports, Bobbi Kristina is not and has never been married to Nick Gordon," read a statement released on Tuesday by R&B singer Bobby Brown's lawyer.

Legal authority over Ms Brown's healthcare and money could become a critical issue for the fractious Houston-Brown family.

Whitney Houston's daughter Bobbi Kristina Brown has been taken to hospital the day after her mother's death
Whitney Houston's daughter Bobbi Kristina Brown has been taken to hospital the day after her mother's death

Mr Gordon has not spoken publicly since she was found in the bathtub. Police said he attempted to revive her while Lomas called police, and that she was alive when rushed to a hospital.

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Whitney Houston never formally adopted Mr Gordon, but raised the two teenagers together after divorcing Bobby Brown.

Bobbi Kristina became the sole inheritor of her mother's estate when she died in 2012, and shortly thereafter, she and Mr Gordon went public with their romantic relationship.

Then, in January last year, she posted a photo on Twitter of the couple's hands wearing wedding rings, with the caption "#HappilyMarried. So #InLove. If you didn't get it the first time that is."

Relations between Mr Gordon and some other family members soured last year.

He remains subject to a protective order barring him from being within 200ft of Ms Brown's aunt, Patricia Houston.

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