Nun (89) in legal battle with singer Perry dies in court

12 March, 2018, 09:19 | Author: Kristine Mills
  • Nun dies during court proceeding over property battle with LA Archdiocese, Katy Perry

One of the nuns in a legal dispute with singer Katy Perry has died.

Sister Catherine Rose Holzman died during a hearing to decide who owned the Sisters of the Immaculate Heart convent in Los Feliz, Los Angeles, which Perry is trying to buy.

The nuns fear that because Perry's $14.5 million offer was made to the archdiocese - without the nuns being involved - they would never receive any money from the sale, Billboard reported in 2015.

But a judge ruled in the singer's favor a year ago, saying the Archdiocese had the right to sell the property to her.

During an interview in 2015, she explained: "After she spoke [about] her lifestyle, and what we have been teaching for years and our older sisters have been teaching, and what we believe in, [she] just did not fit". 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. "It's not doing anyone any good except hurting a lot of people", she told KTTV cameras.

The nuns had attempted to sell the highly-prized estate to a local restaurateur Dana Hollister to turn into a boutique hotel.

Nun dies during court proceeding over property battle with LA Archdiocese, Katy Perry

"We asked her to save us, to buy the property". At the time, Hollister was already living in the huge property.

Because the sisters are required to seek permission from the Vatican before selling properties worth over $7.5 million, Katy and the Catholic Church were awarded nearly $10 million in damages, and the battle rolled on.

In a statement of the nun's passing obtained by PEOPLE, Archbishop José J. Gomez extended prayers from the Church.

The latter had refused to leave, so Perry and her team called the police officers to the premises. "But, against our will, the Archdiocese removed us to "monetize" our property".

The nuns had failed to get the consent of Archbishop Jose Gomez and the Vatican, which must approve the sale of any property worth over $7.5m, the advocates said.

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