Nun in legal battle with Katy Perry dies in court

Nun in legal battle with Katy Perry dies in court

A nun involved in a years-long legal dispute with pop star Katy Perry over a sprawling 8-acre former convent died in court Friday, according to The Associated Press.

Katy, 33, had successfully sued Sister Catherine Rose Holzman and Sister Rita Callanan for $4.5 million in damages after interfering with her purchase of the The Archdiocese of Los Angeles when they sold it to restaurant owner Dana Hollister.

Perry agreed to buy the property for $14.5m (£10.4m) in 2015, but the deal turned sour when the former residents objected.

Holzman and another nun - who is now the only remaining member of the Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary - argued they had the right to sell the property, where they had lived since the 1970s until the Archdiocese evicted them in 2011.

The nuns made a decision to sell the property to a local restaurant owner called Dana Hollister instead but crucially failed to secure the approval of their Archdiocese before going through with the proceedings. Her bid had the approval of Los Angeles' archbishop.

"You have stolen the property of the Sisters of the Immaculate Heart. It's not doing anyone any good except hurting a lot of people", she said.

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The nuns were fighting back against the ruling claiming they have documents from the Vatican which proved they were the rightful owners.

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

Confirming Sr Catherine's death, Archbishop of Los Angeles Jose Gomez said that the nun had "served the Catholic Church with dedication and love for many years". However Sister Callanan told the LA Times that she and Sister Holzman disapproved of the pop stars image.

On the day of her death, Sister Catherine gave a statement to KTTV as she entered the courthouse: "To Katy Perry, please stop".

And they're also making a plea to Perry herself.

"Well, I found Katy Perry, and I found her videos and if it's all right to say, I wasn't happy with any of it", she said.

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