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Property Dispute Haunts Katy Perry

The pop singer is currently in the middle of a property dispute between the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles and two nuns over the sale of the nuns' former Los Feliz-based convent.

Katy Perry has her sights set on an eight-acre estate in Los Feliz, but the problem started with two sisters opposed to the idea of their former convent falling into the hands of the pop star.

According to The New York Times, Sister Rita Callanan and Sister Catherine Rose Holzman (of the Sisters of the Most Holy and Immaculate Heart of the Blessed Virgin Mary) have opposed the idea of Perry taking ownership of the property where their motherhouse had been based since 1970. Both of them are in favor of selling it to Los Angeles restaurateur Dana Hollister, who also is vying to purchase the property.

At the center of the property dispute is the question of whether the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles or the pair of nuns own and have the right to sell the property. While the nuns, who claim they are the rightful owners, currently are pushing to seal the deal with Hollister, local Archbishop Jose Gomez is fighting to sell the convent to Perry.

The Los Angeles Times first reported that Hollister had promised roughly $15.5 million for the estate (she has paid $100,000 in cash to date). Perry, on the other hand, has offered a smaller sum of $14.5 million in cash.

The archdiocese has sued Hollister, and Judge Robert O'Brien has been asked to issue an injunction to stop Sister Rita and Sister Catherine Rose from selling the property to the restaurateur, who reportedly already has moved into the estate. Court filings show that the archdiocese believes Hollister's interest in the purchase is contingent on her being granted the power to develop a restaurant and hotel on the property and is strongly against the idea.

"There’s no reason for them to allege that," Hollister has said of the claim. "It’s part of the ridiculousness that propels this whole story forward."

A hearing will take place on July 30 in the Los Angeles County Superior Court.

A rep for Perry didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.


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