Nick Gordon has pleaded not guilty to misdemeanor battery.
The 27-year-old landscaper — who is the former boyfriend of the late Bobbi Kristina Brown — was arrested for allegedly hitting his partner Laura Leal earlier this month and submitted a plea through his attorney in Seminole County, Florida, on Wednesday, March 28, 2018, prompting his previous arraignment date of April 6 to be waived, The Blast reports.
His plea comes after Leal wrote a letter to the judge begging him to drop a no-contact order between them, but the official took no action.
“I would like to kindly ask you to lift the no-contact order that was placed against Nicholas Gordon and I. I am not in any kind of fear or danger being around him and would like to be able to contact him as soon as possible,” she wrote.
She also blamed whatever had happened between them on her own “severe anger issues” and insisted Nick was not responsible in any way.
She added: “I suffer from severe anger issues in which Nick has been an incredible support to get my act together.
“I am seeking help and determined to take the condition seriously as I have been diagnosed bipolar. He is not at blame, and should not be pushed into any trouble or consequences due to my actions.
“I am responsible for what happened that night and want you to know what a great person Nicholas truly is. When I have episodes, he helps to calm me down and prevents me from doing anything that could make things worse.”
Gordon’s plea comes a week after he was arrested for violating the no-contact order when Leal showed up at his home.
But he was later let go with no violation because the judge found no probable cause.