Nun Involved In Katy Perry Property Row 'Dies In Court'

Sister Catherine Rose (SOURCE

Sister Catherine Rose (SOURCE

A nun involved in a legal dispute with Katy Perry over the sale of her convent to the pop star collapsed and died in court Friday.

She was one of two nuns locked in a legal battle with Perry and the Los Angeles Archdiocese over a former convent in the city.

Perry had offered to buy the eight-acre property and its Roman-villa-style buildings for $US14.5 million ($18.4 million), and to relocate an adjoining house of prayer used by priests.

Pulling no punches, Sisters Rita Callanan and Holzman of the Sisters of the Immaculate Heart spoke out for the first time since an LA County judge ruled against them clearing the way for the LA Archdiocese to sell their Los Feliz convent to singer Katy Perry. She collapsed and died shortly thereafter.

Perry and the Archdiocese of Los Angeles sued Hollister for interfering with their deal and won, with a jury ordering her to pay a total of $3.47 million to the archdiocese and $1.57 million to Perry as compensation for the subsequent court fees, Fox News reported.

Holzman was interviewed by a local Fox affiliate just hours before her death.

"Katy Perry, please stop", she said.

On Saturday a website set up to back the nuns' legal battle carried a picture of Ms Holzman with the caption, "Rest with the angels our most precious treasure". "She had nothing to do with forcing herself on us", says Holzman.

However, that sale was blocked by a judge in 2016, who claimed that the proposed deal was invalid, thereby leaving Katy with the opportunity to purchase the property.

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

In 2015, CBS News reported that the singer who got her start in Christian music had even met with the sisters and sung them a gospel song.

A nun told the Times earlier that many were moved out of the property against their will in 2011.

According to reports, Perry showed them a tattoo on her wrist that had Jesus written on it and sang them a hymn.

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