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Pop star Katy Perry has been trying to buy a convent in Los Angeles, but the five nuns who live there opposed the sale. Meanwhile, the local archdiocese says they decide who buys. Now a judge has sided with church officials and Perry seems primed to buy the property.
According to a CNN report with a remarkable number of the star's song titles, LA Superior Court Judge Stephanie Bowick threw out a prior sale by the nuns. But they say they may appeal, so Perry's deal is not quite sealed.
The five nuns living in the Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary Convent promised this property to an LA restaurateur, Dana Hollister, for $15.5 million. Perry's offer was reportedly only $14.5 million, yet the archdiocese sought to block the sale to Hollister.
The Archdiocese of Los Angeles explained why it turned to the court in a statement. The restaurateur reportedly wasn't putting up much money, despite offering more than Perry. "The Archdiocese was forced to take legal action to protect all the five sisters from being taken advantage of by the Dana Hollister transaction in which Hollister improperly took possession of their property for only $44,000 in cash and a contingent promissory note," church officials said.
Remember, it's Los Angeles, so even the convent has a swimming pool and apparently "a sweeping view of the San Gabriel Mountains." The nuns are said to prefer Hollister as the buyer because Perry, raised Catholic, is too zazzy for their taste.
A lawyer for the star said he is confident the sale will go forward now. If money is the issue for the Archdiocese, Perry is certainly the solution.
Only the all-powerful Taylor Swift is her rival when it comes to earnings, and last year Perry beat Swift in the money game, making $135 million. She appeared on the cover of Forbes in a blazer embroidered with dollar signs, triumphant. Maybe next year, they'll do the shoot from her convent with the sweeping mountain view.
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