In an interview airing Thursday on “Dr. Phil,” Gordon said that Brown — the daughter of Whitney Houston and Bobby Brown — was using drugs prior to her mother’s 2012 death, but worsened following Houston’s demise.
Prior to Houston’s death, Gordon said, Brown would use drugs “socially … maybe smoke a little bit.”
Gordon, whose last appearance on “Dr. Phil” resulted in a meltdown and a rehab stint, added: “It got really bad after [Houston] passed away. It’s unfortunate, but at the time that’s kind the only way that we knew how to deal with what had happened.”
Gordon went on to say that during his last interview with McGraw last year he was drinking heavily and taking Xanax because “I could not deal with what was happening to Krissi,” referring to Brown by her nickname.
Brown was found unconscious and face-down in the bathtub of her Georgia home in January 2015. She died six months later at age 22.
Gordon faces a multimillion-dollar lawsuit filed by Brown’s court-appointed conservator, who alleges that Gordon was physically abusive to Brown and gave her a “toxic cocktail” and placed her face-down in the bathtub. Gordon has denied the allegations.
Watch a preview of Gordon’s interview here.