Friend: Bobbi Kristina Brown smoked crack, did heroin days before death

Bobbi Kristina used drugs prior to death


ATLANTA – Bobbi Kristina Brown used numerous illegal drugs, including marijuana, crack and heroin, in the days before she was found face down in a bathtub, a former friend has testified.

Danyela Bradley made the statements in a videotaped deposition involving an auto accident Brown on Jan. 27.


Brown, the 22-year-old daughter of the late Whitney Houston and Bobby Brown, died on July 26 -- months after being found unresponsive in the tub of her Roswell home on Jan. 31. She never regained consciousness.

According to a transcript of the deposition, which took place on Sept. 24, Bradley said she met Brown and Nick Gordon through Max Lomas in November 2014.

Bradley said Gordon and Brown "had a very happy, loving relationship."

Bradley said she lived with Brown at the Roswell townhome in Jan. 2015. She said she was there when Brown was found in the bathtub. She also said Gordon and Lomas were at the home.

According to the deposition, Bradley said she believed Brown "smoked marijuana, she probably smoked crack often, and also did heroin." Bradley said Brown smoked crack or used heroin "very, very few times" in her presence.  She said during the time they lived together, Brown used the drugs "like every two weeks or so."


Brown smoked marijuana "probably like two or three days out of the week," Bradley claimed.

Brown was driving Bradley's car on Jan. 27 when Roswell police said she lost control near the intersection with Martin Landing Drive, veered into on-coming traffic, and struck a car going east. The driver of that car was 41-year-old Russell Eckerman of Marietta. Eckerman has filed a civil suit against Ford Motor Company regarding the accident. 

Bradley testified that she had never personally seen Brown smoke crack or use heroin, but believed she had smoked crack "three or four days" before the wreck and used heroin "maybe like two days beforehand…"

Brown "hated being away from" Nick Gordon "no matter what," Bradley testified.

A civil suit filed by Brown's conservator claims Brown died after Gordon injected her with a toxic mixture and then placed her unconscious in the bathtub. Gordon has denied those allegations and no criminal charges have been filed. 

"Although this deposition is not related to the civil suit against Nick Gordon or any criminal investigation related to Brown's death, if this testimony is true it certainly could explain why there's been no charging decision announced yet. If Brown was voluntarily using hard drugs on a regular basis, it may be difficult to prove that anyone else injected her with anything. Like all evidence, this testimony should be considered along with any other evidence that may exist," said 11Alive legal analyst Phil Holloway.

Read a transcript of a portion of the deposition (.pdf)



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