Pop singer Katy Perry inched her way toward a major victory on Wednesday, bringing her one step closer to winning a drawn-out battle between her and several nuns trying to stop her from purchasing a Los Feliz convent.
“We’re obviously pleased,” Michael J. Hennigan who represents the archdiocese said, according to the Los Angeles Times. His statement arrived shortly after Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Stephanie Bowick announced that she had “extinguished” the deed drafted by sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, paving the path for Perry to potentially buy the property for $14.5 million. However, it reportedly remains unclear whether Wednesday’s ruling will guarantee Perry can purchase the home.
The Sisters hope to sell the property to restauranteur Dana Hollister instead. Hollister had offered $15.5 million for the deed to the structure.
The issue rests in a heated dispute between the Archdiocese of Los Angeles and a set of nuns from the Immaculate Heart of Mary. The two surviving nuns from the convent purchased the building Perry and Hollister which to own during the 1970s. Despite the sale, UPI notes that the Archdiocese suggests the Church still has jurisdiction over the sale and each of them claim they have decision-making power over who is allowed to sell the Los Feliz convent.
Last July, superior court judge James C. Chalfant had said “there is no doubt in my mind sale to defendant Hollister was improper and invalid.”
Perry plans to transform the former convent into a private home. Hollister wants to turn it into a boutique hotel and restaurant. The nuns stated their opposition to Perry purchasing the structure after watching some of her music videos. Breitbart News previously reported that the pop vixen tried to win the nuns over during a meeting with them last year where she dressed conservatively and sang “Oh Happy Day” for the nuns, and even showed them her Jesus tattoo she has on her wrist.
However, the sisters were unimpressed.
Despite Judge Bowick’s ruling, attorney John Scholnick who represents the two nuns reportedly insisted the battle is not over. He reportedly said: “A far as I’m confirmed, it’s still game on.”
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