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Katy Perry's dream to own former convent delayed

12:00am IST - 01:30

A Los Angeles judge rules the sale of a former convent to a restauranteur is invalid but does not grant pop singer Katy Perry access to purchase property. Elly Park reports.

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Pop star Katy Perry's dream to own a former convent in Los Angeles is in limbo due to a legal battle between a group of elderly nuns and the city's archbishop. The archdiocese wants to sell the 8-acre property to the singer for $14.5 million dollars she has offered. But the nuns, who have lived in the building for four decades agreed to sell it to businesswoman Dana Hollister who plans to turn it into a hotel, for $15.5 million dollars. Los Angeles Superior Court judge James Chalfant ruled that the sale is "improper and invalid," but allowed Hollister to temporarily retain possession as long as she pays the monthly rent of $25,000 dollars. At the same time he blocked Perry and archdiocese's representatives from visiting the building until the case is resolved, something that could easily take years. Michael Hennigan is the attorney for the archdiocese. SOUNDBITE: Michael Hennigan, Attorney for the Archdiocese, saying (English) "We are extremely pleased with the judge's ruling today. He has ruled invalid the Dana Hollister sale. We are looking forward to 45 days from now when we determine what the rental value of that property is going to be." Lawyers said that Perry, who would turn the convent into a private residence, would like to submit a competing bid to rent the property. A hearing for attorneys to present arguments on who should rent the convent is set for September 15.

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Katy Perry's dream to own former convent delayed

12:00am IST - 01:30