An 80-year-old cancer-stricken Los Angeles nun says she’s so broke that she doesn’t know where her next meal will come from — because Katy Perry bought the sister’s convent for some $18 million [$US14 million], setting off a take-no-prisoners legal battle that has already claimed the life of one of its former residents.
Sister Rita Callanan is one of the last to remain fighting to stay living at the Convent of the Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary — where she thought she’d live until her last days, London’s Daily Mail reported Saturday.
Then the Firework singer tried to buy the property from the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles, headed by Jose Gomez.
He claims to own the convent and sold it to Perry in 2015, according to the report.
Callanan and her late fellow nun, Sister Catherine Rose Holzman, believed they had the right to sell it, as they resided there and it was church property.
Holzman collapsed and died last Friday in the courtroom where the case was being heard.
The American Idol host said she wants the 22,000-square-foot Mediterranean-inspired property so that she can “sip green tea and find herself”.
The nuns who once lived at the convent reportedly opposed selling it to Perry and tried instead to sell it to another interested party who had agreed to let them live out their days on the property.
But a judge nullified the sale earlier this year and ruled that the Archdiocese had the right to sell the property, not the nuns.