Woman must pay Katy Perry for interfering with convent sale

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LOS ANGELES (AP) — A jury has found that a businesswoman must pay $5 million to singer Katy Perry and the archdiocese of Los Angeles, finding that the woman intentionally interfered with the sale to Perry of a hilltop property that was once a convent.

The jury found Friday that Dana Hollister should pay the archdiocese $3.47 million and Perry $1.57 million for interference with contractual relations and other misdeeds.

Perry has sought to buy the 8-acre hilltop property for $14.5 million. Her bid has the approval of Los Angeles’ archbishop.

But Hollister stepped in and purchased the property from two nuns who had lived there. A judge has voided that sale, saying the archdiocese had the right to sell the property, not the nuns.

Perry is still working out the terms of the sale.

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