Nun drops dead during Katy Perry lawsuit hearing

Jenna Warner
March 11, 2018

She was one of two nuns locked in a legal battle with Perry and the Los Angeles Archdiocese over a former convent in the city.

A legal battle between Katy Perry and group of nuns has been put on hold after one of the Sisters tragically collapsed and died in court. Nonetheless, the optics are bad for Perry, and by conflating aspects of the story, some are attributing Holzman's death to Perry's persistence in acquiring the property. "We extend our prayers today to the Immaculate Heart of Mary community and to all her friends and loved ones", the statement said, in part.

Hollister apparently interfered in the proceedings to the extent that Perry and the Archdiocese of L.A., which claimed actual rights to sell the land rather than the nuns who occupied the convent, sued and were awarded 10 million dollars.

The sisters have lived at the 8-acre Los Feliz property since 1973 and say they have documents proving they are the rightful owners.

In 2016, a judge ruled that the nuns' sale to Hollister was invalid, paving the way for Perry to purchase the property.

Shortly before the 89-year-old nun collapsed in the courtroom, she stated, "We asked (Hollister) to save us, to buy the property". They also found that her actions led to Perry and the archdiocese having to pay exorbitant lawyer fees and other costs, which Hollister should get the bill for. It's not doing anyone any good except hurting a lot of people, ' the late nun warned.

At one point Perry, who began her career as a Christian singer, reportedly met with the nuns and attempted to sway them by singing gospel songs.

"Katy Perry represents everything we don't believe in", Holzman told Billboard.

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.

Hours before her death, she pleaded with the Roar hitmaker to back off, saying during an interview with Fox11 LA: 'And to Katy Perry, please stop. Perry had offered $14.5 million for the property.

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