A nun involved in a legal battle with Katy Perry has collapsed and died during a court appearance yesterday (March 9).
After a lengthy legal battle over her attempts to buy a Los Angeles convent, Perry sued businesswoman Dana Hollister over the property, accusing the entrepreneur of ‘fraudulently’ convincing some of the nuns who lived there to back Hollister’s bid for the building over Perry’s.
Hollister, a successful restauranteur, looked to turn the property into a boutique hotel, while Perry sought a private residence for her mother and grandmother. As NY Daily News report, one of the nuns in question claimed that “[Perry] was a very lovely person but her offer is not as good as Dana’s. We’re looking for someone who will care for our property and let it be open for the public to enjoy. She wants it for a private home, a hideaway.”
In December, Perry was awarded $3.3 million in damages, on top of a previous payout of $1.6 million in compensatory damages to help fund the case.
During yesterday’s post-judgment hearing, NYDailyNews reports that 89-year-old Sister Catherine Rose Holzman collapsed and later died.
TMZ reports that before she collapsed, Sister Holzman said, “We asked (Hollister) to save us, to buy the property. She had nothing to do with forcing herself on us. And to Katy Perry, please stop. It’s not doing anyone any good except hurting a lot of people.”
Speaking of Sister Holzman’s passing, a statement from the archdiocese read: “Sister Catherine Rose served the Church with dedication and love for many years and today we remember her life with gratitude. We extend our prayers today to the Immaculate Heart of Mary community and to all her friends and loved ones.”
Holzman was one of only two remaining Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary nuns.