Nun involved in Katy Perry convent lawsuit dies after courtroom collapse

12 March, 2018, 09:20 | Author: Raquel Nash
  • Sister Catherine Rose (SOURCE

A nun who was involved in a lawsuit with pop star Katy Perry over the sale of a convent in Los Angeles died on Friday after collapsing in court.

According to KTTV, Sister Catherine Rose Holzman collapsed and died during a court hearing Friday.

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 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 nun's website Stand With The Sisters posted a message alongside a photo of Holzman acknowledging her death.

At the time, the Associated Press reported that Perry reportedly offered $14.5 million for the house, and that the singer's bid was approved by the Los Angeles' archbishop, but was still waiting on approval from the Vatican.

89-year-old Sister Catherine Rose Holzman spoke to us just hours earlier in what we now know was her final interview.

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It was the first time Holzman and Callanan had spoken out since an Los Angeles County judge ruled against them, clearing the way for Perry to buy the former convent.

A judge ruled that the sale of the convent was invalid and Perry and the Catholic Church were awarded a total of nearly $10m (£7.2m) in damages in December a year ago.

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

The case had put Holzman and Callanan at odds with Los Angeles Archbishop José Gomez, who had publicly challenged the sisters in court. They also have issues with the singer 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.

But last fall, a jury found Hollister guilty of malice and fraud for allegedly interfering with the sale of the property.

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