Inside Katy Perry's bizarre legal battle against two LA nuns
File this one under the weirdest story you will read today: Katy Perry has been looking to expand her property portfolio, and three years ago set her sights on a Los Feliz villa-style compound with sweeping views of downtown Los Angeles and the San Gabriel Mountains. The property also happens to be a former convent from the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles where the Sisters of the Most Holy and Immaculate Heart of the Blessed Virgin Mary lived up until 2011. Unconventional property choice? Yes, but unachievable? Absolutely not, especially when you are one of the highest paid female musicians in the world, and so Perry (or more likely, her lawyers) began talking to the Archdiocese with plans to buy the prime real-estate for a cool $14.5 million USD.
The hot-property in the hills (closer to God, perhaps?) also caught the eye of restaurant and hotel owner Dana Hollister, who approached previous tenants, Sister Catherine Rose Holzman and Sister Rita Callanan, and bought the property directly from the pair in 2014.
Since the sale, the Los Angeles Supreme Court had been arguing over property rights and the canon law that governs the Catholic Church. In March of this year, a judge ruled that the sale by the nuns to Hollister was not valid, as they did not get permission (or his blessing, so to speak) from the Arch Bishop before selling. Over the weekend (November 17), a jury ruled that Hollister had deliberately tried to hinder the sale of the convent to Perry when she approached both nuns, and awarded the archdiocese $3.47 million in attorney fees, and Perry $1.57 million.
Despite the courts ruling in Perry's favour, Hollister is giving her chance at owning the Los Feliz villa one last shot, and this time is going straight to the higher powers of the Vatican to do so. According to the Hollywood Reporter, Hollister plans to appeal to the Vatican with a $30 million offer (more than double Perry's offer).
It looks like this holy battle is not slowing down any time soon, especially if Hollister has anything to do with it.
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