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Nick Gordon’s life continues in a fiery downward spiral.

Gordon, who was recently found responsible for the death of the late Bobbi Kristina, appeared in court over the weekend after allegedly beating up his girlfriend, Laura Leal.

Leal and Gordon got into an altercation in Florida on Saturday and according to the police report, Leal claims he “unlawfully committed domestic battery by hitting and punching her in the face and the back of the head with a closed fist.”

Per the report, “Gordon stated that he never hit his girlfriend because really cares for her. Gordon also advised that he is the one that was abused and punished. Gordon stated that Laura Leal hit and punched him repeatedly. Gordon stated that Laura Leal is not telling the truth and wishes to press charges on her.”

After taking Gordon into custody, a judge set his bail for $15,500 and ordered him to wear a GPS monitor and to stay far away from Leal. Nick is due back in court in August.

According to the documents, the pair got into an argument after watching the Game 4 of the NBA finals on Friday night. “Leal advised that Gordon was upset because he thought she was trying to hook up with one of his friends,” the report stated. “Leal stated that she would never give Gordon a reason to be suspicious or jealous about being with another man. Leal stated her feelings for Gordon are real but added that the relationship was toxic. Leal says that Gordon wanted her to be honest about wanting to hook up with his friend, but Leal advised when she told Gordon she would never do that to him, he didn’t believe her.”

The report continued, “Leal says that Gordon gave her an option to leave, but advised that when she tried to exercise that option, Gordon became upset and violent punching and hitting her and refused to let her leave. Leal stated that while attempting to leave and communicate with her sister on the computer via Facebook, Gordon took the lap top computer preventing her from communicating with her sister. Leal advised that a few weeks ago Gordon smashed her phone so she had no phone, and says that Gordon then hid his personal cell phone in order to further prevent communication for help.”

That’s when Laura apparently ran to Gordon’s mother, who advised her to get out. After reaching out to her sister for assistance, police were called and Nick was arrested.

Nick, who was officially ordered to pay $36 million to the family for the death of Bobbi Kristina, could have had a much different life.

Gordon was brought in by Whitney Houston when he was just a young boy and was considered a son to the late singer. He grew close with the family and had resources right at the tip of his fingers.

So where did things go wrong? How could a man with ample opportunity become responsible for killing his sister, rather at the time, alleged wife, and now, accused of beating up his girlfriend?

Is Gordon done for good? Will the man, who has admitted to being addicted to drugs, ever live a live of love and compassion?

Nick’s case, meanwhile, comes just weeks before the anniversary of Bobbi’s death. BK died on July 26, 2015, six months after being found unconscious in a bathtub full of water inside her Georgia townhouse. The 22-year-old’s untimely death was eerily similar to her later mother’s, who died on February 11, 2012 after also being found submerged in a bathtub at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.


Exclusive: The Bullet Scars That Will Forever Haunt Sheryl Lee Ralph’s Son, Etienne Maurice



Sheryl Lee Ralph shared a graphic photo on Instagram earlier this week of her son, Etienne Maurice, laying in a hospital bed bandaged up from bullet wounds. The purpose of the image was to be yet another voice calling to end gun violence.

On Wednesday, students across the country walked out of class to protest against gun violence, something that hit home for Ralph four years ago. “This mother wants #gunreform now! #guncontrol now,” she wrote.

It was during a night out in West Philadelphia that Ralph’s then 22-year-old child was robbed at gunpoint and shot three times; twice in the leg and one which grazed his forehead.

So as Ralph joined Wednesday’s national conversation about gun laws, HipHollywood talked exclusively with Etienne who shared exactly what went down the night a gun could have taken his life for good.

“I was shot four years ago, November 9 … I was black out drunk. The next thing I know I remember I woke up in the hospital, doctor said I had two bullet holes in my leg and a grazed bullet hole above my eyebrow.”

Maurice, who was robbed for his iPhone and his wallet, went on to tell us that this is something that he is reminded of constantly. “Having been shot is something that I carry with me every day. I still have numbness at the bottom of my leg from the nerve damage.”

And while he will always remember how he felt knowing his life almost ended, Etienne had a hard time fathoming how his famous mother felt. “We had the conversation about it last week and she said she peed on herself,” he told us.

For Maurice, he’s proud to see young children use their voices to make change. “There’s so many angles where we can talk about gun violence and how it’s effecting different communities,” he said. “Gun reform needs to take place now.”

Since that night, he hasn’t picked up a drink and has been now sober for four years. As for the suspects, a father-son duo, they are behind bars for attempted man slaughter.

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