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Silver Lake businesswoman loses to Katy Perry in court fight over convent

21 November 2017

The popular singer Katy Perry has been awarded $1.6 million (£1.2 million) after a long-running court battle over her purchase of a convent in Los Angeles, reported.

The jury found Friday that entrepreneur Dana Hollister should pay the archdiocese $3.47 million and Perry $1.57 million for interference with contractual relations and other misdeeds.

The ruling comes after Perry, 33, originally sought to buy the Los Feliz property from the Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles for $14.5 million (£11 million) in 2015.

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A group of elderly nuns who had been given the Bernard Maybeck-designed residence in 1972 tried to sell it to Hollister as the Archdiocese was working out the terms of a sale to Perry, who planned to share the home with her mother and grandmother.

In March of this year, Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Stephanie Bowick ruled that the sale by the nuns to Hollister was not valid. Whatever it is, take that feeling of desire and magnify it by a power of 200 and you'll understand just how badly Katy Perry and a hotelier named Diana Hollister want to own an old convent. Hollister's troubles could get even worse and more costly when the jury returns next month to decide if she needs to pay punitive damages. The archdiocese must gain permission from the Vatican before the sale can be completed.

Hollister's lawyer Michael Geibelson told the court his client thought she had a correct and legal contract, and had not meant to cause either party harm.

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"I don't think Dana Hollister did anything wrong as to either of these parties", Geibelson said during the trial.

The Sisters of the Most Holy and Immaculate Heart of the Blessed Virgin Mary have owned the property for more than 40 years, but they haven't lived in the convent for several years.

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Silver Lake businesswoman loses to Katy Perry in court fight over convent