Nick Gordon has been arrested for domestic assault. This is the second time he was accused of abusing his girlfriend, Laura Leal within the past year.
In the wake of these latest allegations, older allegations in regards to the death of his former girlfriend, Bobbi Kristina Brown have resurfaced, along with Bobbi Kristina’s father offering help to Leal. It’s a winding story that we have the latest details on.
Second Dispute with Laura Leal
The Seminole County Sheriff’s Office released a statement saying that Nick Gordon has been charged with one charge of “battery — touch or strike.” Allegedly, after being picked up from a bar by his girlfriend, Laura Leal, he began to repeatedly strike her in the head as well as pull her hair and threatened to cause Leal to crash the car.
The argument apparently continued when the couple returned to Gordon’s home. He allegedly told officers that he wanted Leal to leave the home after she threw a bottle at him and ripped his shirt.
Officers noticed that Leal had obvious signs of physical trauma, including a swollen and bloody bottom lip. While she was the apparent victim, Leal refused to press charges or receive medical treatment.
Gordon will appear in court for the charge on April 6, 2018, after posting $500 bail. The arrest and charges were made due to Leal’s appearance in conjunction with her statement to police as to what had happened.
First Dispute with Laura Leal
Gordon’s arrest on March 10, 2018 marks the second time Leal refused to press charges against him within 12 months.
On June 6, 2017, Gordon was arrested for on two charges —domestic violence battery, and kidnapping/false imprisonment of an adult— again due to an argument with Leal. At the time, she refused to cooperate with police and the charges were eventually dropped.
Leal later stated that she was the aggressor in the argument, and Gordon took and completed anger management classes. With the classes completed and Leal refusing to cooperate with police, the charges were dropped.
Laura Leal Wiki
There isn’t much known about Laura Leal outside of what was discovered through these two incidents. It is thought that she and Gordon met after he relocated to Florida. As she is not a public figure, it appears that all of her social media platforms are deactivated, or have been set to private in the wake of dating Nick Gordon and the first arrest.
Nick Gordon and Bobbi Kristina Brown
On January 31, 2015, Bobbi Kristina Brown, daughter of pop stars Whitney Houston and Bobby Brown, was found face down in a bathtub. Nick Gordon, her boyfriend at the time, tried to revive her. But by the time paramedics got there, the damage was done. She died on July 26, 2015 in hospice care.
While no criminal charges were ever filed against Nick Gordon, the estate of Bobbi Kristina Brown did file a civil suit against him. The suit alleged that he beat her during a “cocaine and drinking binge.” The suit also alleged that Gordon mixed Brown a cocktail that knocked her out and ended with her eventual death.
After not appearing at two different court dates, the judge ruled in favor of the estate of Bobbi Kristina Brown to the tune of $36.0 million, finding Gordon ultimately responsible for her death. In the meantime, the estate set up the Bobbi Kristina Serenity House, a charity to help promote peace and an end to domestic violence. The not-for-profit ran one of their first events early in March 2017.
Reaching out to Offer Help
After the latest round of domestic assault charges became public, Bobby Brown offered Laura Leal help via a statement he made through the Bobbi Kristina Serenity House to US Weekly. The statement read:
“I personally would like to extend my hand to Ms. Leal and offer her services through our organization. I do not want to see any more families destroyed at the hands of domestic violence and I do not want any more women to suffer like my daughter did. We are here to assist and we hope to hear from Ms. Leal.”
So far, there has been no word on whether Leal will take Bobby Brown up on his offer.