ATLANTA (Reuters) - The man Whitney Houston's daughter calls her husband cannot visit her at the hospital where she is being treated after she was found face down and unresponsive in a bathtub last month, her cousin told a local news station.
But in a statement Thursday evening, lawyers for the man, Nick Gordon, disputed the cousin's contention that Gordon was pursuing legal action to gain access to her at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta.
"In response to reports that Nick Gordon is taking legal action, he would like it to be clear, he is not," lawyers Randy Kessler and Joe Habachy said in the statement.
Family members have said Bobbi Kristina Brown, 21, the only child of singers Bobby Brown and the late Houston, is fighting for her life after Gordon and a friend discovered her in a bathtub in her suburban Atlanta home on Jan. 31.
Gordon and Bobbi Kristina referred to each other as husband and wife, but Bobby Brown said after his daughter's hospitalization that the two were never legally married.
As a police investigation continues, few details about the aspiring singer's condition have been made public. Her cousin Jerod Brown said in the interview with Atlanta's WXIA that she remains on a ventilator and the family had no plans to remove her from life support.
"We believe that this is going to turn into a miracle right here on earth," Jerod Brown said.
Houston, a six-time Grammy Award winner and actress who battled substance abuse, drowned in a hotel bathtub in Beverly Hills, California, on Feb. 11, 2012. Authorities said cocaine use and heart disease contributed to her death at age 48.
Gordon has kept a low profile since Bobbi Kristina Brown was rushed to a hospital. His lawyers said his only concern is to see her recover.
"He remains in constant prayer for his companion and he hopes to be reunited with her soon," the lawyers said. "Despite the incredible public interest, we ask and hope that this request can be resolved privately by Mr. Gordon and the family.”
(Reporting by David Beasley; Writing by Colleen Jenkins; Editing by Lisa Lambert)