Nun involved in Katy Perry row dies in court

Nun involved in Katy Perry row dies in court

Nun involved in Katy Perry row dies in court

As FOX 11 reported on the legal battle between local nuns and Katy Perry over a Los Feliz convent, we learned that one of the nuns involved in the case collapsed and died Friday during a court proceeding related to the case.

According to ABC7, Sister Catherine Rose Holzman collapsed on Friday in the courtroom during a hearing about the case.

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

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

But the archdiocese argued the nuns did not have the right to sell the property, which includes 30,000 square feet of living space, a pool, a tower and an adjoining prayer house, and it instead approved a sale to Perry, even though Hollister was already living there.

Hours before her death she spoke to USA news channel Fox 11 LA, decrying the ruling that cleared the way for the sale of the property to Perry. "She had nothing to do with forcing herself on us", says Holzman.

Despite the nuns' attorney, Margaret Cone, claiming the L.A. Diocese knew the final decision was pending at the Vatican's Dicastery, Judge Stephanie Bowick let a jury award the L.A. Archdiocese and Perry $15 million in malice and fraud damages against Hollister.

Holzman served the church "with dedication and love for many years", Archbishop Jose Gomez said in a statement.

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.

"And to Katy Perry, please stop". "It's not doing anyone any good except hurting a lot of people".

At issue in the ensuing legal battle was who had the right to sell the property - the Archdiocese or the nuns. However Sister Callanan told the LA Times that she and Sister Holzman disapproved of the pop stars image.

The latter had refused to leave, so Perry and her team called the police officers to the premises.

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