National Post (Latest Edition) - - ARTS & LIFE - Sadaf Ah­san, Na­tional Post

As the sort of le­gal bat­tle that could only hap­pen in Los An­ge­les, a nun died last week in court amid a dis­pute over the sale of a con­vent to Katy Perry of all peo­ple. Sis­ter Cather­ine Rose Holz­man, an 89-year-old Ro­man Catholic nun, had been fight­ing Perry, pic­tured, over the sale of the eight-acre Los An­ge­les con­vent. Holz­man col­lapsed dur­ing a court ap­pear­ance on Fri­day, Reuters re­ports, and died shortly af­ter. Holz­man had been fight­ing the pop star along­side fel­low nun Sis­ter Rita Cal­lanan for over two years on be­half of the Sis­ters of the Im­mac­u­late Heart of Mary, who once lived there. They had hoped to sell the prop­erty for a whop­ping US$15.5 mil­lion to restau­ra­teur Dana Hol­lis­ter in 2015, who had plans to con­vert it into a ho­tel. But at the time, the Arch­dio­cese of Los An­ge­les had al­ready been in talks to sell it for $14.5 mil­lion to Perry, who had plans to live there. A lengthy le­gal bat­tle over who had the right to sell it then en­sued, as the arch­dio­cese sued to block the sale to Hol­lis­ter in 2015, a judge even­tu­ally rul­ing the sale in­valid, leav­ing it open to Perry.

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