Bobbi Kristina Brown's ex arrested on domestic violence charges involving new girlfriend: Cops



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.

Read: Nick Gordon Breaks His Silence After Bobbi Kristina's Death, Tweets: 'I Will Always Love You'

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 had reportedly tried to get help during the episode but Gordon had taken 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.

Nick Gordon Arrested in Sanford, Florida

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.

Read: Bobby Brown Says He First Saw Whitney Houston Do Drugs on Their Wedding Day

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."

Watch: Nick Gordon Ordered to Pay Bobbi Kristina Brown's Family More Than $36 Million in Wrongful Death Suit

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LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 11: Nick Gordon and Bobbi Kristina Brown attend 'We Will Always Love You: A GRAMMY Salute to Whitney Houston' at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on October 11, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Christopher Polk/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 25: Bobbi Kristina Brown (L) and Nick Gordon attends the GRAMMY Gift Lounge during the 56th Grammy Awards at Staples Center on January 25, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Imeh Akpanudosen/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 25: Bobbi Kristina Brown and Nick Gordon attend the GRAMMY Gift Lounge during the 56th Grammy Awards at Staples Center on January 25, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Joe Kohen/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 25: Bobbi Kristina Brown wearing Bobbi Brown Eyewear and Nick Gordon wearing Polaroid PLUS sunglasses with the Solstice Sunglasses and Safilo USA display at the GRAMMY Gift Lounge during the 56th GRAMMY Awards at Staples Center on January 25, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Tiffany Rose/WireImage)
NEW YORK CITY, NY - OCTOBER 23: Nick Gordon and Bobbi Kristina Brown are seen in Manhattan on October 23, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Josiah Kamau/BuzzFoto/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 11: Nick Gordon and Bobbi Kristina Brown attend 'We Will Always Love You: A GRAMMY Salute to Whitney Houston' at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on October 11, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Christopher Polk/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 11: Nick Gordon attends 'We Will Always Love You: A GRAMMY Salute to Whitney Houston' at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on October 11, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Christopher Polk/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 25: Bobbi Kristina Brown and Nick Gordon attend the GRAMMY Gift Lounge during the 56th Grammy Awards at Staples Center on January 25, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Joe Kohen/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 22: Nick Gordon and Bobbi Kristina Brown attends 'The Houstons: On Our Own' series premiere party at the Tribeca Grand Hotel on October 22, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Shareif Ziyadat/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 22: Nick Gordon and Bobbi Kristina Brown attends 'The Houstons: On Our Own' series premiere party at the Tribeca Grand Hotel on October 22, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Shareif Ziyadat/FilmMagic)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - AUGUST 16: Bobbi Kristina Brown and Nick Gordon attend the premiere of 'Sparkle' at Grauman's Chinese Theatre on August 16, 2012 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 22: TV Personalities Nick Gordon and Bobbi Kristina Brown attend 'The Houstons: On Our Own' Series Premiere Party at Tribeca Grand Hotel on October 22, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Jim Spellman/WireImage)
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