For the average citizen, buying property can be pretty difficult. Even obtaining a loan often requires a minimum credit score of 680.
But a pop superstar like Katy Perry shouldn’t have trouble acquiring whatever property she wants — right? Not necessarily, as her quest to purchase a former Los Angeles convent shows. Perry’s winning bid and agreement with the archbishop of Los Angeles has been thwarted with by Dana Hollister, a developer who made a deal through the nuns.
Now, Katy Perry has decided to press charges.
The convent and its retreat house have long been abandoned. Perry first expressed interest months ago, placing a $14.5 million offer for the convent. But according to Perry, Hollister “took advantage of vulnerable, elderly nuns, who she malevolently convinced to oppose the Roman Catholic Church” by rejecting Perry’s offer and contractual agreement with both the Archbishop of Los Angeles and the Roman Catholic Archbishop of Los Angeles.
Instead, the nuns accepted a $15.5 million offer from Hollister, even though the Archdiocese believes that they don’t technically have the right to accept the offer and sell the property themselves.
According to the New York Times, a judge ruled this past month that Hollister could pay monthly rent to the nuns while final decisions regarding the fate of the property were still in the works.
Perry wants to buy the convent in order to convert the property into her next home. But according to Time, many of the nuns have opposed the sale, claiming it would “go against their sacred vows,” as it would no longer be open to the public.
“In selling to Katy Perry, we feel we are being forced to violate our canonical vows to the Catholic Church,” said sister Catherine Rose Holzman, in a letter to the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, dated May 22.
While the nuns were, in fact, the ones who accepted the offer, Perry lists both the nun’s order and the archdiocese as defendants in her complaints, naming the nuns as “victims” of Hollister’s manipulation.