A nun collapsed and died during a court appearance for a lawsuit filed by Katy Perry, per TMZ. Sister Catherine Rose Holzman and another nun were trying to sell an 8-acre Los Angeles convent, and there were purportedly two people who wanted to purchase the property: Perry and a restaurateur named Dana Hollister. The nuns bought the land in the 1970s and wanted to sell the convent to Hollister, according to CBS L.A.
In 2016, a judge ruled that the nuns’ deal with Hollister was illegitimate, giving Perry room to purchase the convent from the Archdiocese of L.A. The nuns had vacated the property in 2011.
Unfortunately, the deal got messy, and the Archdiocese and Perry sued Hollister, alleging she was attempting to meddle with Katy’s deal to purchase the land. In December, a jury found that Hollister acted with malice, and Perry and the Archdiocese were awarded $10 million for punitive damages.
Sister Holzman—who was 89—appeared in court for a post-judgment hearing on Friday when she passed away. Before she died, she stated in court, “We asked [Hollister] to save us, to buy the property. She had nothing to do with forcing herself on us,” adding, “And to Katy Perry, please stop. It's not doing anyone any good except hurting a lot of people.”
The nuns were attempting to keep the singer from taking control of the convent; according to CBS LA, it's unclear if Perry plans to move into the property.