Nun involved in Katy Perry lawsuit collapses, dies during court hearing

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Sister Catherine Rose Holzman

Screengrab ABC Sister Catherine Rose Holzman

Holzman was among the nuns fighting for the ability to sell their former hilltop convent in Los Feliz to local businesswoman Dana Hollister - a desire in direct opposition to the Archdiocese of Los Angeles' wish to sell the property to superstar Katy Perry.

A nun involved in a legal battle with Katy Perry has died in court.

"After she spoke [about] her lifestyle, and what we have been teaching for years and our older sisters have been teaching, and what we believe in, [she] just did not fit", she said. 'She had nothing to do with forcing herself on us'. The two sisters, who are of the original five, have always claimed to be the rightful owners of the convent having lived their since 1973 until their leave in 2011.

In 2016, a judge sided with the archdiocese and Perry and invalidated the sale to Hollister, clearing a path for Perry to buy the convent. "It's not doing anyone any good except hurting a lot of people", Holzman said.

A judge granted Perry approval to buy the estate from the archbishop, but her bid stills need approval from the Vatican.

In a post-judgment hearing on Friday (US time), Sister Catherine Rose Holzman, 89, collapsed and died in the courtroom, the New York Daily News reports. In November of a year ago, a jury found that Hollister had intentionally interfered with the sale to Perry and a judge ordered her to pay millions to the archdiocese and the singer. "We extend our prayers today to the Immaculate Heart of Mary community and to all her friends and loved ones", a statement from the archdiocese read.

Perry was awarded $5 million, while the Archdiocese received $10 million.

Prior to all the court proceedings, Perry met with Sister Callanan and Sister Holzman by invitation of Archbishop José at the convent and sung "Oh Happy Day" to them. has contacted reps of Katy Perry for a comment. The nun also implored Perry to "please stop" pursuing the purchase of the property.

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