Katy Perry and the Catholic Church awarded $10m in convent case

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Katy Perry and the Catholic Church have been awarded almost $10m (£7.5m) in damages after the star's plans to buy a former LA convent ended up in court.

>Perry agreed to purchase the hilltop property for $14.5m (£10.8m) in 2015.

But two of the nuns who used to live there objected, and instead sold it to restaurateur Dana Hollister without the approval of the archdiocese.

Last month, a jury found Hollister intentionally interfered with Perry's planned purchase.

The businesswoman made her purchase of the eight acre property with the co-operation of Sisters Rita Callanan and Catherine Rose Holzman, who maintained they had the authority to sell.

In contrast to Perry's multi-million dollar purchase, Hollister paid just $44,000 (£32,000), with an agreement to pay a further $9.9 million (£7.4 million) after three years.

The sisters said they were uncomfortable about handing over the former convent to Perry who, despite coming from a church background, is known for provocative songs like I Kissed A Girl and California Gurls.

However, the church and Perry's lawyers contended that the sisters did not have the right to sell the property, which they vacated in 2011.

A Superior Court judge ruled in the church's favour earlier this year, and a jury decided in November that Hollister should have been aware her purchase was invalid.

She was ordered to pay the archdiocese $3.47 million (£2.59 million) and Perry's company, Bird Nest LLC, $1.57 million (£1.17 million) in legal fees.

On Monday, Hollister was also ordered to pay $10 million (£7.47 million) in punitive damages. Two-thirds of the sum will go to the Roman Catholic Archbishop of Los Angeles and one-third will go to Perry.



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