A nun fighting a legal battle with Katy Perry over the sale of a convent has died in court. Sister Catherine Rose Holzman, 89, collapsed in the middle of the court hearing on Friday.
Holzman, from the Sisters of the Most Holy and Immaculate Heart of the Blessed Virgin Mary in the Los Feliz neighborhood, had been one of two nuns preventing the sale of their former home to Perry. The nuns were hoping that the property would go to restaurant owner Dana Hollister, who wanted to convert the site into a hotel.
Following her death, the nuns' online site - Stand With The Sisters - posted a photo to honor Holzman. Los Angeles Archbishop Jose Gomez also issued a statement about her passing and said Holzman had served the convent community and the archdiocese with "dedication and love."
Holzman's legal battle with Perry started in 2016, when a judge ruled that the nuns' deal with Hollister was not valid since they were not authorized to sell the former convent even if they were its former occupants since 2011. The singer had a separate deal to purchase the property for 14.5 million from the Archdiocese of Los Angeles with an upfront payment of $10 million.
While the nuns favored Hollister as the new owner, who had offered $10 million for the property and had initially paid $100,000, the archdiocese sued the restaurant owner for interfering with its business deal with Perry. The "Firework" singer also filed complaints against Hollister and the archdiocese for failing to honor the sale.
The court ordered Hollister to pay the damages worth several million but the additional claims through the archdiocese's lawyer, J. Michael Hennigan, and Perry's attorney, Eric Rowen, have extended the legal battle. According to New York Daily News, Hollister had already filed for bankruptcy because of this case but the nuns continue to back her up.
Hours before her death, Holzman also spoke to the cameras before going inside the courthouse.
"We asked (Hollister) to save us, to buy the property," the nun said. "And to Katy Perry, please stop. It's not doing anyone any good except hurting a lot of people."