Katy Perry and Catholic Church awarded $10m in convent case

| Updated Dec 05, 2017 at 3:45pm

 

The property has a sweeping view of California's San Gabriel Mountains.

 

Katy Perry and the Catholic Church have been awarded almost $10m (£7.5m) in damages after the star's plans to buy a former LA convent ended up in court.

Perry agreed to purchase the hilltop property for $14.5m (£10.8m) in 2015.

But two of the nuns who used to live there objected, and instead sold it to restaurateur Dana Hollister without the approval of the archdiocese.

Last month, a jury found Hollister intentionally interfered with Perry's planned purchase.

The businesswoman made her purchase of the eight acre property with the co-operation of Sisters Rita Callanan and Catherine Rose Holzman, who maintained they had the authority to sell.

In contrast to Perry's multi-million dollar purchase, Hollister paid just $44,000 (£32,000), with an agreement to pay a further $9.9 million (£7.4 million) after three years.

The sisters said they were uncomfortable about handing over the former convent to Perry who, despite coming from a church background, is known for provocative songs like I Kissed A Girl and California Gurls.

They refused to change their minds even after Perry visited to plea her case showing the nuns "a Jesus tattoo on her wrist" and performing a rendition of the gospel hymn Oh, Happy Day.

"I found her videos," Sister Rita Callanan told the Los Angeles Times. "I wasn't happy with any of it."

However, the church and Perry's lawyers contended that the sisters did not have the right to sell the property, which they vacated in 2011.

They did not obtain the required legal blessings of Archbishop Jose Gomez and the Vatican which must approve the sale of any property for more than $7.5 million (£5.6 million) they argued in court.

SOURCE: BBC NEWS



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