At the center of the property dispute is the question of whether the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles or the pair of nuns own and have the right to sell the property. While the nuns, who believe they are the rightful owners, currently are pushing to seal the deal with Hollister, local Archbishop Jose Gomez is fighting to sell the convent to Perry.
The Los Angeles Times first reported that Hollister had promised roughly $15.5 million for the estate (she has paid $100,000 in cash to date). Perry, on the other hand, has offered a smaller sum of $14.5 million in cash.
The archdiocese has sued Hollister, and Judge Robert O'Brien has been asked to issue an injunction to stop Sister Rita and Sister Catherine Rose from selling the property to the restaurateur, who reportedly already has moved into the estate. Court filings show that the archdiocese believes Hollister's interest in the purchase is contingent on her being granted the power to develop a restaurant and hotel on the property and is strongly against the idea.
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"There’s no reason for them to allege that," Hollister has said of the claim. "It’s part of the ridiculousness that propels this whole story forward."
A hearing will take place on July 30 in the Los Angeles County Superior Court.
A rep for Perry didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.
This article originally appeared in THR.com.