Katy Perry may have given up her spot in heaven for her latest legal victory.
The pop star won her legal battle with a group of nuns Wednesday over the right to live in a former Roman Catholic convent in the Los Feliz area of Los Angeles.
Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Stephanie Bowick announced that she intends to block an effort by the nuns to sell the picturesque property to a competing buyer, according to the LA Times.
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Attorneys for Perry, who ironically is the daughter of a Protestant minister, said they were pleased with the ruling, and that it cleared the way for her to buy the residence.
“We won the real property issues,” her attorney, Eric Rowen, said in a statement.
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The nuns from The Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary had wanted to sell the convent to restaurateur Dana Hollister, a move that was then blocked by the archdiocese, who filed a lawsuit last June asserting that it had the final say over disposition of the property.
“I Kissed a Girl” singer Perry offered for $14.5 million for the eight-acre estate.
Hollister’s bid of $15.5 million was legal, the nuns claim, attesting that they have the right to sell the convent because it is among the assets of the order’s nonprofit institute.
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Their attorney, John Scholnick, said the fight is far from over, however, and he is considering an appeal on behalf of his clients.
The nuns’ group has owned the property for more than 40 years, but they haven’t lived there recently and only five elderly sisters remain alive.
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