A California jury has awarded $10m (£7.44m) in damages to singer Katy Perry and the Roman Catholic Archbishop of Los Angeles over the sale of a covent the singer wanted to turn into a home.
The case stems from Perry’s attempt to purchase a former convent in the Los Feliz neighbourhood of Los Angeles.
The pop star had agreed in 2015 to buy the property for a reported $14.5m, but the transaction ended up being the subject of a legal battle after nuns with the Sisters of the Most Holy and Immaculate Heart instead moved to sell the property to businesswoman Dana Hollister before Perry’s deal could go through.
In media interviews, the two nuns who were behind the effort registered disapproval of Perry, who is known for her flamboyant outfits and stage presence.
“I found Katy Perry and I found her videos and…if it’s all right to say, I wasn’t happy with any of it,” Sister Rita Callanan told the Los Angeles Times.
Their opposition came despite overtures from Perry. After making her offer Perry — a pastor’s daughter — reportedly met with the nuns, showed them her tattoo of Jesus on her wrist and even performed the church hymn “Oh Happy Day”.