Katy Perry, Archdiocese Win $15 mil Verdict Over LA Convent

There was a dispute over who could legally sell the convent seen here. Source Google Maps

The same jury that awarded the singer almost $1.6 million in compensatory damages to cover her costs fighting a businesswoman for the hot hilltop property voted Monday to give her another $3.3 million in punitive damages, City News Service reported.

It looks like a years-long court battle over a Los Feliz convent has paid off for Katy Perry.

The singer and Archdiocese of Los Angeles officials have been awarded a share of £7.4 million after winning punitive damages in a dispute over the former home of the Sisters of the Most Holy and Immaculate Heart of the Virgin Mary. Last month (Nov17), a jury found Hollister, who challenged Perry over the sale of the convent, guilty of slander of title, interference with contractual relations and interference with prospective economic advantage, and awarded the archdiocese £2.8 million and Perry nearly £1.2 million in compensatory damages. The convent closed in 2011 and before the sale was completed the Sisters of the Most Holy and Immaculate Heart of the Blessed Virgin Mary tried instead to sell the eight-acre property and its Roman-villa style buildings to Hollister.

Image copyright Rex Features Image caption The property has a sweeping view of California's San Gabriel Mountains.

"I found her videos", Sister Rita Callanan told the Los Angeles Times.

Perry had sought to purchase the hilltop property for $14.5 million.

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.

The businesswoman acted with malice in persisting with her claim to the property, which she planned to turn into a boutique hotel, the court found. Katy got $5 million from Hollister and the Archdiocese got $10 million which represented the profit it would have made off Katy. Of the $10million given in punitive damages, two-thirds will go to Catholic Archbishop of Los Angeles and one-third will go to Perry's law firm Bird Nest LLC.

That's not a bad haul for Perry; last month, her manager said she had spent around $2.6 million fighting for the property.

"Katy is extremely pleased with the jury's insight and understanding", Perry's lawyer told Billboard in a statement.



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