Katy Perry wins $3.3 million in legal battle against nuns
Katy Perry is to split a $3.3 million payout with the Catholic Church after a long-running legal battle involving the Sisters of the Most Holy and Immaculate Heart. The battle arose over Perry’s attempts to buy a Los Angeles convent.
The pop star had agreed in 2015 to buy the property for a reported $14.5m, but the transaction ended up being the subject of a legal battle after nuns instead moved to sell the property to businesswoman Dana Hollister before Perry’s deal could go through.
Hollister, a successful restauranteur, looked to turn the property into a boutique hotel, while Perry sought a private residence for her mother and grandmother.
Perry sued Hollister over the property, accusing the entrepreneur of ‘fraudulently’ convincing some of the nuns who lived there to back Hollister’s bid for the building over Perry’s.
Now, Perry has been granted $3.3 million in punitive damages, on top of a previous payout of $1.6 million in compensatory damages to help fund the case. “We’re obviously very pleased,” said Perry’s lawyer Eric Rowen.