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Katy Perry awarded $5M in damages in LA convent lawsuit

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Katy Perry‘s long legal drama over a Los Angeles convent came to an end Monday with the hitmaker pocketing $5 million in damages.

A jury in LA awarded a total of $10 million in punitive damages to Perry and the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. It followed an earlier decision to award $5 million in compensatory damages divided between the two entities on November 17.

Perry through her company, the Bird Nest LLC, will walk away with $5 million and the Archdiocese with $10 million after prevailing in the lawsuit against Dana Hollister who was found last month to have ‘intentionally’ interfered in the sale of the convent to the Roar singer.

‘We’re obviously very pleased,’ Perry’s attorney Eric Rowen told the LA Times Monday.

Katy Perry has been awarded a total of $5 million in damages stemming from her thwarted plan to purchase a Los Angeles convent. The jury in the civil suit also awarded $10 million to the LA Archdiocese after finding a rival buyer intentionally interfered in the sale

Katy Perry has been awarded a total of $5 million in damages stemming from her thwarted plan to purchase a Los Angeles convent. The jury in the civil suit also awarded $10 million to the LA Archdiocese after finding a rival buyer intentionally interfered in the sale

Katy Perry has been awarded a total of $5 million in damages stemming from her thwarted plan to purchase a Los Angeles convent. The jury in the civil suit also awarded $10 million to the LA Archdiocese after finding a rival buyer intentionally interfered in the sale

Perry had sought to purchase the hilltop property for $14.5 million. It had been owned by an order of nuns for 40 years but the religious sisters haven't resided there for several years  

Perry had sought to purchase the hilltop property for $14.5 million. It had been owned by an order of nuns for 40 years but the religious sisters haven't resided there for several years  

Perry had sought to purchase the hilltop property for $14.5 million. It had been owned by an order of nuns for 40 years but the religious sisters haven’t resided there for several years  

Perry, 33, had sought to buy the eight-acre hilltop property and its Roman-villa style buildings in LA’s Los Feliz neighborhood for $14.5 million. 

Her bid had been approved by LA’s archbishop.

However, Dana Hollister stepped in and attempted to purchase the property from two nuns who had lived there.  

The Sisters of the Most Holy and Immaculate Heart of the Blessed Virgin Mary have owned the property for more than 40 years but they haven’t lived in the convent for several years.

A rival buyer Dana Hollister attempted to purchase the property from two nuns who had lived at the property but a judge voided that sale earlier this year, saying the archdiocese had the right to sell the eight-acre estate, not the nuns

A rival buyer Dana Hollister attempted to purchase the property from two nuns who had lived at the property but a judge voided that sale earlier this year, saying the archdiocese had the right to sell the eight-acre estate, not the nuns

A rival buyer Dana Hollister attempted to purchase the property from two nuns who had lived at the property but a judge voided that sale earlier this year, saying the archdiocese had the right to sell the eight-acre estate, not the nuns

It's believed the Roar hitmaker is still interested in acquiring the former convent and while LA's archbishop has approved the deal, the Vatican must give final approval for the sale 

It's believed the Roar hitmaker is still interested in acquiring the former convent and while LA's archbishop has approved the deal, the Vatican must give final approval for the sale 

It’s believed the Roar hitmaker is still interested in acquiring the former convent and while LA’s archbishop has approved the deal, the Vatican must give final approval for the sale 

Hollister believed she owned the house after paying the nuns just $44,000 for the 20,000 square-foot property and moving in – while Perry was willing to pay $10 million to the nuns in cash, plus an additional $4.5 million for the home’s House of Prayers, an Archdiocese spokesperson told DailyMail.com.

A judge voided that sale earlier this year, saying the archdiocese had the right to sell the property, not the nuns.

In the lawsuit, the jury found that Hollister interfered with contractual relations and other misdeeds. They also found that her actions led to Perry and the archdiocese having to pay exorbitant lawyer fees and other costs, which Hollister should get the bill for.

Perry and the archdiocese are still working out the terms of the sale which needs Vatican approval.

The property features Roman villa-style buildings and extensive grounds and sits on a hilltop with stunning views in LA's Los Feliz neighborhood  

The property features Roman villa-style buildings and extensive grounds and sits on a hilltop with stunning views in LA's Los Feliz neighborhood  

The property features Roman villa-style buildings and extensive grounds and sits on a hilltop with stunning views in LA’s Los Feliz neighborhood  

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