Nuns hit back at Katy Perry over legal battle concerning Los Angeles convent
29 April 2016 Entertainment News
Fourth Estate Staff
Los Angeles, CA, United States (4E) – A pair of nuns are in a legal battle with “Roar” singer Katy Perry over the purchase of a Los Angeles convent and they have recently hit back at the songstress.
They claim that there was an incorrect translation of a Vatican decree that was used in order to convince the judge handling the case to sell the concerned property. The latest court documents were filed last week on behalf of Sister Rita Callanan and Sister Catherine Rose Holzman . The decree, they said, when properly stated says that the Vatican was still examining their claims that they can control the property in Los Angeles.
They also allege in their court filings that the Archdiocese of Los Angeles had not submitted that information to a judge earlier this month. This then resulted to the annulment of a separate sale of the former convent by the nuns to a restaurant owner. The Sisters from the Immaculate Heart of Mary have sought to prevent Perry from buying the complex for $14.5 million as they claim they can control the property and can decide who should be the buyer.
Despite the claims of the sisters, the Archdiocese of Los Angeles dismissed their statement saying that the three other remaining members of the order were not in any agreement with the nuns or their decision to sell the property to restaurateur Dana Hollister for $15.5 million.
The Archdiocese of Los Angeles also said in their statement that the court ruling last April 13 has stated that the Hollister transaction was no longer valid. They also said that they had concerns with the Hollister deal as they have no guarantee that the sisters will receive any additional payment of the offer. Hollister has taken possession of the property for an initial pay of $44,000 and a contingent promissory note.
According to reports, Perry wants the property so badly that she even visited the nuns and sang for them in an attempt to persuade them to sell the property to her.
The Sisters of the Immaculate Heart once had many sisters but only five members remain. They have moved out of the convent several years ago and it is said that the proceeds of the selling will be given to the nuns. A hearing in the case is scheduled this June 20.