Ruling clears way for Katy Perry to buy hilltop convent

Perry has sought to buy the hilltop property in the Los Feliz neighborhood for $14.5 million

FILE - In this Sept. 16, 2014 file photo, Katy Perry performs on stage at "The Prismatic World Tour" at the Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif. Perry is nominated for Grammy Awards in the pop duo/group performance category for "Dark Horse" and in the pop vocal album category for "Prism," released in October 2013. The 2015 Grammy Awards are on Sunday, Feb. 8, 2015, in Los Angeles. (Photo by John Shearer/Invision/AP, File)
FILE - In this Sept. 16, 2014 file photo, Katy Perry performs on stage at "The Prismatic World Tour" at the Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif. Perry is nominated for Grammy Awards in the pop duo/group performance category for "Dark Horse" and in the pop vocal album category for "Prism," released in October 2013. The 2015 Grammy Awards are on Sunday, Feb. 8, 2015, in Los Angeles. (Photo by John Shearer/Invision/AP, File)

LOS ANGELES (AP) – A judge on Wednesday voided the sale of a former Catholic convent to a Los Angeles businesswoman, clearing the way for Katy Perry to purchase it.

Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Stephanie Bowick ruled that attempts to sell the property to the businesswoman by members of an order of nuns were improper.

Perry has sought to buy the hilltop property in the Los Feliz neighborhood for $14.5 million and to relocate an adjoining house of prayer used by priests. Her bid would have to be approved by the Vatican.

Her efforts were stymied when some members of the Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary opted to sell the convent to entrepreneur Dana Hollister.

Hollister recorded a deed on the property, but Bowick’s ruling rescinds it.

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