USA pop superstar Katy Perry on Friday was awarded almost US$1.5 million (S$2m) as she finally won in her bid to move into a former convent in Los Angeles.
The 33-year-old pop star has sought to buy the 8-acre property and its Roman-villa style buildings in the city's Los Feliz neighborhood for $14.5 million, and to relocate an adjoining house of prayer used by priests.
A Superior Court decision earlier this year cleared the way for Perry to finally buy the home, finding that the right to sell the property lay with the Archdiocese-and not the nuns.
It awarded US$1.57 million to Perry and US$3.47 million to the archdiocese to cover the costs of its lawyers.
A Los Angeles jury decided yesterday that Hollister intentionally interfered with the sale to Perry, including by falsely claiming the title to the property.
An after-hours message left with Hollister's attorneys seeking comment was not immediately returned.
Hollister's lawyer countered that the businesswoman believed she had a valid contract and that the $5-million in legal costs was exaggerated. "I don't think Dana Hollister did anything wrong as to either of these parties", he said.
The church and Perry could stand to win even more at a second phase of the trial starting on December 1 that will consider other damages. The archdiocese needs permission from the Vatican to finalize it.
They objected to the sale to Perry.
A group of elderly nuns who had been given the Bernard Maybeck-designed residence in 1972 tried to sell it to Hollister as the Archdiocese was working out the terms of a sale to Perry, who planned to share the home with her mother and grandmother.