A Georgia judge ordered Nick Gordon to pay $36 million in wrongful death civil suit related to Bobbi Kristina Brown, pictured in an undated publicity photo. (Courtesy Lifefime)

Scoop: Nick Gordon ordered to pay $36 million in Bobbi Kristina case

Another page has turned in the tragic story of Bobbi Kristina Brown, and it’s not good for Nick Gordon.

On Thursday, a judge in Atlanta ordered Gordon — Brown’s former boyfriend, who has not faced criminal charges — to pay $36 million in a civil wrongful death case.

The daughter of singers Whitney Houston and Bobby Brown was found face-down in a bathtub in her suburban Atlanta home in January 2015; she was in a coma for six months before she died at age 22.

In September, Gordon was deemed “legally responsible” for Brown’s death after he failed to appear in court; in another hearing Thursday, Fulton County Superior Court Judge T. Jackson Bedford said because he failed to appear again, the plaintiffs prevail by default.

The civil suit, which sought $50 million in damages, accused Gordon of assault, battery, intentional infliction of emotional distress, and taking money from Brown’s account without authorization.

Bobby Brown, who appeared in court with daughter LaPrincia Brown, testified that Bobbi Kristina might have had a successful and lucrative performing career: “She was just super talented. She had her mother’s voice.”

In a statement, he also made a plea for the district attorney to pursue a criminal case against Gordon, an orphan Houston raised as her own child (whom Bobbi Kristina had called her husband).

A statement issued by Fulton County District Attorney Paul Howard said, “This case remains under active investigation.”

HIGH PROFILE PARIS ROBBERY

Bollywood actress Mallika Sherawat was assaulted inside her Paris apartment building by masked attackers, the office of the Paris prosecutor told CNN.

The incident, which occurred last week, follows the highly publicized attack on Kim Kardashian, who was tied up and robbed at gunpoint inside her Hotel de Pourtales apartment on Oct. 3.

Officials have declined commenting on whether attacks are linked.


QUICK TAKES

SF Sketchfest 2017, running Jan. 12-19, has announced its lineup, which includes: the Kids In The Hall, Bill Irwin & Bill Frisell, Megan Mullally, Susanna Hoffs, Robert Townsend & Keenen Ivory Wayans, Fred Willard, Robert Klein, Tim And Eric, Ricky Jay, Jeff Goldblum, Jon Hamm, Mike Judge, Pamela Adlon, Kathy Najimy, Peter Bogdanovich, John Landis, Grace Helbig, Chris Hardwick, Chelsea Peretti, Wyatt Cenac and Tony Hale. Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Nov. 20.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY

Designer Christian Siriano is 31. … Actor-director Nate Parker is 37. … Actress Chloe Sevigny is 42. … Actor Mike Epps is 46. … Singer-composer Duncan Sheik is 47. … Guitarist Kirk Hammett of Metallica is 54. … Comedian Kevin Nealon is 63. … Singer Graham Parker is 66. … Novelist Margaret Atwood is 77.

— Staff, wire reports

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