Published: Sun, March 11, 2018

Nun Involved in Legal Battle With Katy Perry Dies in Court

Nun Involved in Legal Battle With Katy Perry Dies in Court

The L.A. archdiocese subsequently sued her, saying the sisters didn't have the authority to sell the convent. Perry spent more than $2 million in legal fees fighting the small group of elderly nuns, according to Curbed LA.

Upon learning of this, the nuns from The Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary claimed the LA Archdiocese didn't have the rights to sell the Los Feliz convent to Perry for $14.5 million.

Sister Catherine Rose and Sister Rita Callanan said they were uncomfortable handing the convent and its eight surrounding acres over to the star, whose sometimes provocative hits include I Kissed A Girl and Ur So Gay.

Just before her death, Holzman gave an interview to Fox 7, in which she said, "We asked [Hollister] to save us, to buy the property. It's not doing anyone any good except hurting a lot of people", according to the gossip site.

In a post-judgment hearing on Friday (US time), Sister Catherine Rose Holzman, 89, collapsed and died in the courtroom, the New York Daily News reports.


But local entrepreneur Dana Hollister stepped in and attempted to buy the property from two nuns who had lived there for $US15.5 million ($19.7 million). To whom the property now belongs is still unclear.

Prior to all the court proceedings, Perry met with Sister Callanan and Sister Holzman by invitation of Archbishop José at the convent and sung "Oh Happy Day" to them. But Perry was also eyeing the property, although the nuns did not want her to own it and thwarted her attempts to purchase it. Holzman later added, "And to Katy Perry, please stop".

A jury ruled in Katy and the Archdiocese's favor a year ago and Hollister was ordered to pay $15 million in damages. However, the sisters preferred Hollister's offer as it was more at $15.5 million and they had a stronger bond with her.

But last fall, a jury found Hollister guilty of malice and fraud for allegedly interfering with the sale of the property.

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