Published: Tue, March 13, 2018
Sports | By Jonathan Ford

Nun Involved in Katy Perry Property Lawsuit Dies While in Court

Nun Involved in Katy Perry Property Lawsuit Dies While in Court

In what might truly be the most freaky story to emerge from 2018, one of the nuns trying to prevent Katy Perry from buying an old Los Angeles convent and converting it into a luxury crash pad was apparently so done with Perry's shit mid-court proceedings that she died.

On Friday, three years of legal wranglings ended in tragedy, when 89-year-old Catherine Rose Holzman, who had been a Sister at the Immaculate Heart of Mary (IHM) since she was 18, collapsed and died while in court.

She is one of two Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary who objected to the sale of their former convent to Ms Perry in 2015.

In December a jury ordered that Hollister pay nearly US$10 million in compensatory damages to the Archdiocese of Los Angeles and Perry for interfering with the Archdiocese's sale of the property to the Dark Horse singer.

Sister Catherine Rose was part of a group of nuns fighting to keep the pop star from taking ownership of a property where their convent once stood in the Los Feliz neighborhood of Los Angeles.

CBN News has reached out the Archdiocese of Los Angeles for further comment and has yet to receive a response. More specifically they've said selling Perry the property would equate to "being forced to violate our canonical vows to the Catholic church". In a separate transaction, and without the canonically-required approval of the Vatican or the archdiocese, the sisters sold the vacant convent property to real estate developer Dana Hollister for $44,000 and a promissory note totaling $15.5 million, without any guarantee for the rest of the payment. A judge ruled in 2016 that the sale to Hollister was invalid, but the case has still rumbled on.

But last fall, a jury found Hollister guilty of malice and fraud for allegedly interfering with the sale of the property. Hours before her death, Catherine, who was among five nuns opposing the sale of their former home to the "Roar" singer, said, "We asked (Dana) to save us, to buy the property".

Holzman died while attending Hollister's bankruptcy hearing. In an interview with the LA Times, the sisters said they bought the property decades ago at a discounted rate from a benefactor.

"Please stop. It's not doing anyone any good except hurting a lot of people", she told Fox 11.

Like this: