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Nun involved in Katy Perry lawsuit collapses, dies in court

Nun involved in Katy Perry lawsuit collapses, dies in court

The legal dispute began a few years ago surrounding an eight-acre property which the singer wished to buy and the nuns planned to sell.

Sister Holzman died after collapsing during a post-judgment hearing on Friday.

Sister Catherine lived in the convent in Los Feliz with another nun for four decades and, in 2015, she'd tried to sell the property to restaurant owner Dana Hollister, who meant to turn the convent into a hotel.

In 2016, a judge ruled against the nuns, declaring the $15.5 million sale to Hollister invalid and ordered her to pay the archdiocese and Perry millions in legal fees.

Perry, the daughter of two Pentecostal pastors, had reportedly attempted to win over the nuns by performing a hymn for them and also showing them the tattoo of Jesus on her wrist.

Another Sister, Rita Callanan, spoke to the Los Angeles Times saying "I found her videos, I wasn't happy with any of it".

An American nun at the centre of a legal battle with music superstar Katy Perry has died while in court, reports say. "It's not doing anyone any good except hurting a lot of people", Holzman said hours before her death in an interview with Fox.

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Holzman and another nun - who is now the only remaining member of the Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary - argued they had the right to sell the property, where they had lived since the 1970s until the Archdiocese evicted them in 2011.

Dressed in their habits, Sister Callahan told reporters, "You have stolen the property of the Sisters of the Immaculate Heart".

"Please archbishop... do what is right in your heart".

She had served the church "with dedication and love for many years", Archbishop Jose Gomez said in a statement. And to Katy Perry, please stop.

"Rest with the angels our most precious treasure". However her bid has yet to be approved by the Vatican.

After the property's sale, the archdiocese intervened and called Hollister's offer a fraud claiming that the nuns did not have the authority to sell the property.


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