Bobby Brown plans to build a domestic violence shelter in Atlanta in honor of Bobbi Kristina Brown, his late daughter with Whitney Houston.
The news comes three years after the tragic passing of Bobbi Kristina, who died at the age of 22 in 2015. Shortly after her death, Brown created a nonprofit organization in her honor called the Bobbi Kristina Serenity House, an online resource that provides 24-hour crisis intervention and other resources and referral services for domestic abuse survivors, according to the organization’s website.
The organization will soon have a physical building now, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
Brown will receive a proclamation on Monday from South Fulton, Georgia Mayor Bill Edwards and other city officials acknowledging plans to build the Bobbi Kristina Serenity House in Atlanta, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.
“Our family lives with the pain everyday of losing my beautiful daughter, Bobbi Kristina, to domestic violence,” reads Brown’s statement to the outlet. “She loved Atlanta and in her memory we are proud to announce the formation of the Bobbi Kristina Serenity House. Our initial goal is to help educate women and men of all ages, by creating a 24-hour crisis intervention line and emergency transitional shelter.”
After being found face down and unresponsive in a bathtub — just as her mother was, three years earlier — and being placed in a medically induced coma, Bobbi Kristina died on July 26, 2015. Following her death, Bobbi Kristina’s family filed a civil suit for $50 million against her boyfriend Nick Gordon, accusing him of assault, battery, and emotional distress and claiming that he gave Bobbi Kristina a “toxic cocktail” of drugs prior to her death, Oxygen reports.
Gordon maintained his innocence, with his legal team telling People that the suit was “slanderous and meritless,” but in 2016, he was found “legally responsible” for Bobbi Kristina’s death and ordered to pay $36 million.
Unfortunately, domestic violence is not an unfamiliar topic for Brown, either. In his 2016 memoir “Every Little Step,” Brown admitted to hitting Houston on one occasion in 2003, but later said during a 20/20 interview that it happened during a time where he was struggling to maintain his sobriety and that he’s “never been a violent man towards a woman, ever.”
The 2003 altercation, during which Brown reportedly struck Houston in the face and left her with a bruised cheek and a cut on her upper lip, led to Brown turning himself in and being charged with misdemeanor battery, MTV reports. He was later sentenced to 60 days in jail for a variety of parole violations, according to CBS News.
During an appearance at the TCA summer press tour on Friday, however, Brown denied that the 2003 incident ever took place, Variety reports. When a reporter reminded him that what happened was a matter of public record, Brown reportedly responded, "the public record is wrong.”
[Photo: Whitney Houston, Bobby Brown, and daughter Bobbi Kristina Brown attend Bobby Brown's 25th birthday party on February 4, 1994 at Tavern on the Green in New York City. By by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage, via Getty Images]