Judge: Sale of convent to Katy Perry likely invalid

31 Jul 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Here’s The $15 Million L.A. Estate Two Nuns Don’t Want Katy Perry to Buy.

There’s a lot going on in the legal battle between two California nuns and the head of the Diocese of Los Angeles over the clergyman’s plan to sell a former convent worth about $15 million to pop star Katy Perry.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A judge said Thursday he believes a group of elderly nuns improperly sold their hilltop convent to a businesswoman but delayed any efforts by church officials to finalize a competing sale to pop singer Katy Perry. That includes accusations of elder abuse, the invocation of canon law, and a critical assessment of the “I Kissed A Girl” singer by two Catholic sisters. (They’re not fans, according to legal filings, “for what should be obvious reasons.”) The estate, which was once home to the Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, is also worthy of attention. It’s a sprawling compound in L.A.’s Los Feliz neighborhood that looks halfway between a castle and a villa, replete with stained-glass windows, a pipe organ, and a main room with 30-foot ceilings. A Los Angeles County Superior Court hears arguments on the case today. “It’s fascinating on all different levels,” an observer told Bloomberg’s Edvard Pettersson. “I never thought I’d see the day when Katy Perry is in bed with the archbishop.”

While the judge preliminarily ruled that entrepreneur Dana Hollister’s purchase of the convent is invalid, he ordered her to pay $25,000 a month to support the nuns and denied representatives for Los Angeles’ Catholic archbishop or Perry access to the convent during the dispute. The order of nuns that has owned the property for more than 40 years hastily sold it to Hollister in June, bypassing approval from Los Angeles’ archbishop. The “Roar” singer, whose parents are protestant ministers, has agreed to pay $14.5 million for the convent and to relocate an adjoining house of prayer used by priests. At least two of the five surviving nuns — who had already searched for Perry’s music videos and weren’t pleased with what they saw — continue to oppose the singer purchasing the convent. Hollister attended the hearing, sitting in the second row next to a pair of the nuns, one of whom listened to Chalfant describe his ruling with her hand over her mouth.

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