It has certainly been a tough few years for Nick Gordon — who was found legally responsible for Bobbi Kristina Brown‘s death and recently arrested on domestic violence charges against his ex-girlfriend Laura Leal, however, someone very close to him swore that he does possess redeeming qualities.

His pal Kadesia Pereira defended the controversial star in a new interview with Radar Online, where she called him a “great person” who “did not abuse his ex” — in addition to offering her opinion about his involvement in Bobbi’s July 2015 death.

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“The wrongful death lawsuit is very unfair. He didn’t do it. He found her. She was a drug addict. I’ve been there for him as a best friend through it,” she told the publication.

Bobbi was age 22 when she died after spending months in a medically-induced coma — which she was placed in after she was found unconscious in a bathtub in January of that same year. Her father, Bobby Brown, released a statement back in September when Nick was found legally responsible for the incident.

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“I am pleased with the outcome of today’s court proceedings. All I ever wanted was answers relating to who and what caused my daughter’s death. Today’s judgment tells me it was Nick Gordon. Now I need to process all the emotions I have and lean on God to get me and my family through this,” he said.

Kadesia added that she “[has] his back always,” even though they “aren’t together.”

He is my best friend and nothing more,” she explained.

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Earlier this month, Nick was released from prison on $15,500 bail and his ex Laura opened up about what she experienced.

“I’ve been reading the reports about Bobbi Kristina and I’m physically shaking. I read about her being isolated, her family know knowing where she was, the manipulation, the bullying — it’s the exact same thing. That could have been me. Only the grace of God saved me,” she told The Daily Mail.

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“It started with a push and a slap, it would happen at least once a week. I would have to put makeup on my bruises to cover them up, especially on my face. But I blamed myself. I thought it was my problem and that I had to work harder at the relationship to make it work.”

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