Nun dies in court during legal battle with Katy Perry over convent

Nun dies during court proceeding over property battle with LA Archdiocese, Katy Perry

Singer Katy Perry's ongoing legal battle with a small group of nuns over a convent in Los Feliz, California turned tragic on Friday.

Sister Catherine Rose Holzman was one of several nuns who once lived in a Los Feliz convent that they had agreed to sell to Silver Lake restaurant owner Dana Hollister.

Hours before her death Sister Catherine Rose spoke to KTTV, a local television station, condemning a judge's previous ruling that had cleared the way for the purchase. Holzman pleaded with Perry "to please stop" pursuing the purchase. "It's not doing anyone any good [and it's] hurting a lot of people".

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.

Holzman served the order "with dedication and love for many years", Archbishop Jose Gomez said in a statement. A jury later found Hollister guilty of interference and she was ordered to pay a total of $3.47 million to the archdiocese and $1.57 million to Perry as compensation for the subsequent court fees.

Meanwhile, Sister Rita said: "You have stolen the property of the Sisters of the Immaculate Heart".

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At the time, the Los Angeles Times reported that the singer had visited the nuns in an effort to ease their anxieties - discussing her tattoo of Jesus and singing them a hymn to demonstrate her respect for the religion.

Katy Perry at the 2017 MTV Video Music Awards.

Michael Geibelson, the lawyer for the restaurateur and entrepreneur, insisted at the time that his client thought she had legal rights to sign a contract for the property and was not intentionally trying to stop the sale to Perry.

"Please archbishop... do what is right in your heart".

In December 2017, a judge order Hollister to pay nearly $10 million in compensatory damages to the Archdiocese of Los Angeles and Katy for attempting to interfere with the proposed sale.

The view from the hilltop former convent that won Katy Perry's heart and her $14.5 million bid. 'She had nothing to do with forcing herself on us'.

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