Katy Perry may get chance to live at disputed ex-convent in Los Angeles

Fri Jul 31, 2015 5:17pm EDT
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By Alex Dobuzinskis

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - (This story corrects paragraph 2: nuns no longer live at the property in July 30 story)

Katy Perry, who grew up the daughter of Protestant pastors and rose to fame with the hit song "I Kissed a Girl," may get her chance to live in a former Roman Catholic convent in Los Angeles - after a judge tentatively blocked its sale to someone else.

Attorneys for the pop singer and the Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles faced off in court on Thursday against lawyers for a group of nuns who once lived at the property and a restaurateur trying to buy it from them.

Perry has offered to purchase the majestic 8-acre (3-hectare) property, built in the style of a Roman villa, for $14.5 million.

But the Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary have rebuffed the 30-year-old performer, accepting a competing $15.5 million bid of restaurant owner Dana Hollister.

The archdiocese, asserting that the restaurateur is out to take advantage of the five nuns, filed a lawsuit in June claiming it had the final say over disposition of the property for the nuns' benefit.

Los Angeles Superior Court Judge James Chalfant tentatively sided with church officials, voiding the sale to Hollister but stopping short of ruling that the archdiocese could sell the former convent to Perry.

For the time being, the judge said he would allow Hollister to lease possession of the property for $25,000 a month in rent. And in a last-minute twist, an archdiocese attorney told the judge that Perry wished to submit a competing bid to rent the property.   Continued...

Singer Katy Perry poses at the premiere screening of "Katy Perry: The Prismatic World Tour" in Los Angeles, California March 26, 2015.   REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni