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Katy Perry wins millions in damages after legal battle with nuns

06 December 2017

On November 17, $5 million of compensatory damages was awarded to the pair, $3.47 million to the Archdiocese and $1.57 million to Katy, as part of the legal battle.

Katy Perry and her best buds over at the Archdiocese Of Los Angeles have been handed $10 million in punitive damages in the long-running legal dispute over the pop star's attempt to buy a former convent in LA.

"Katy is extremely pleased with the jury's insight and understanding, and is hopeful that the jury's decision will pave the way for her to complete the purchase of the Waverly property without further interference", he said.

The case stems from Perry's attempt to purchase a former convent in the Los Feliz neighbourhood of Los Angeles.

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The archdiocese statement adds: "Hollister's actions left the IHM Sisters with nearly nothing for their property, while she took possession of their former convent to prevent the sale of the property to singer Katy Perry who had presented a cash offer for $14.5m (€12.2m) for the Waverly property and a replacement for the House of Prayer of Priests".

Katy and the Roman Catholic Archbishop of Los Angeles teamed up to go against the Sisters of the Most Holy and Immaculate Heart after they cut a deal on the convent with a business woman in order to move the popstar out of buying the building.

The sale was contested in Los Angeles Superior Court by LA-based designer and restauranteur Dana Hollister, who owns Brite Spot and Cliffs Edge, and a group of elderly nuns.

The lawsuit found she interfered with contractual relations and other misdeeds.

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The LA archdiocese sued the sisters, who said only they had the right to sell it, despite not living there since 2011, and won.

"She intends to live there", Rowen said, adding that Perry using it as a residence was an important factor for Los Angeles Archbishop Jose Gomez in accepting her deal, noted Courthouse News.

Katy and the Archdiocese are still said to be working out terms of a potential sale, but it would need Vatican approval.

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Katy Perry wins millions in damages after legal battle with nuns