Mar 12, 2018
Nun Dies In Court After Battling Katy Perry Over $15M Convent
89-year-old Catherine Rose Holzman, one of the two nuns involved in an ongoing legal battle with international pop star Katy Perry over the sale of a Catholic convent, collapsed and died in court on Friday. In an interview with Fox News hours before her death, Holzman implored, "Katy Perry, please stop. It's not doing anyone any good except hurting a lot of people."
"You have stolen the property of the Sisters of the Immaculate Heart," added Sister Rita Callanan, the other nun involved in the case. "Please archbishop...Do what is right in your heart."
The nuns, who claim to have documents proving their rightful ownership of Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, an 8-acre property in the Los Feliz neighborhood of Los Angeles, had not lived in the property for over six years after being allegedly evicted against their will in 2011. In an attempt to stop the local archdiocese from selling it to the Perry for $14.5 million, the sisters made a deal with restaurateur Dana Hollister for $15.5 million.
"We asked [Hollister] to save us, to buy the property. She had nothing to do with forcing herself on us," Holzman told Fox.
Hollister was accused of filing a grant deed behind the archdiocese's back, leading to the present dispute. Last November, a jury found that Hollister interfered with Perry's property deal and required her to pay millions to the archdiocese and the pop star.
The nuns said that Perry had once met with them and shared her plans to move her mother and grandmother into the property and meditate there. However, Sister Callanan said that they did not agree with some of her music and music videos: "Well, I found Katy Perry and I found her videos and ... if it's all right to say, I wasn't happy with any of it."