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Katy Perry’s legal battle with nuns over Los Feliz convent cost her $2.6M

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Her manager said the fight was “ridiculously expensive”

A photo of the Los Feliz convent. Michael Locke/Curbed LA flickr pool

Katy Perry may have won a protracted battle with an LA hospitality maven over the right to buy a former nunnery in Los Feliz, but that win came at a high cost: more than $2.6 million.

That’s how much Perry’s business manager says the singer spent on legal fees to fight restauranteur Dana Hollister, according to City News Service. (Hollister is the woman behind Cliff’s Edge and the Brite Spot.)

“It’s been ridiculously expensive,” Perry’s business manager Bernard Gudvi told the Los Angeles Superior Court on Tuesday during a trial against Hollister brought by the Archdiocese of Los Angeles.

Through an LLC she controls, Perry is seeking “complete reimbursement” for the expenses from Hollister, Gudvi said.

Perry spent about two years fighting a group of elderly nuns of the order the Sisters of the Most Holy and Immaculate Heart of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Perry wanted to buy their former residence in Los Feliz.

But the nuns, who had been given the residence in 1972, wanted to sell the house to Hollister, but the Archdiocese of Los Angeles said that the convent was not theirs to sell. Last year, a Superior Court judge agreed with the Archdiocese.

Perry agreed to pay the Archdiocese $14.5 million in a deal for the house, including $10 million in cash, and $4.5 million to “provide an alternative property for a house of prayer for priests that still has a lease on the Waverly Drive property.”