Katy Perry is caught in a property dispute between a group of elderly nuns and the Los Angeles Archdiocese over who owns a hilltop convent overlooking Hollywood. The singer is named in a recent lawsuit over the scenic property in the Los Feliz neighborhood.
The dispute centers on who is authorized to sell the convent. The Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary say the building is theirs, and they’ve sold it to a local restaurateur, Dana Hollister, who has already moved in.
In a June 19 lawsuit, the archdiocese claims it is responsible for selling the property, and plans a $14.5 million deal with another buyer. The defendants in the suit say that buyer is Perry.
The archdiocese released a statement Monday saying it has taken legal action to prevent Hollister from assuming control of the property, claiming the sale was unauthorized.
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Where one Bennifer falls, another may rise up. Or so hoped minions on Twitter, who speculated about/hoped for a reunion of the original Bennifer — Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck — after news of the actor’s imminent, long-rumored divorce from Jennifer Garner broke Tuesday.
In the recent past, Lopez — who was reportedly “beaming” at Affleck at the Golden Globes in 2013 when he won an award for Argo — indicated she was destroyed when she and her Gigli co-star broke up days before they were to be married in 2004. “It felt like my heart had been torn out of my chest,” Lopez wrote in her memoir True Love. She wed singer Marc Anthony less than six months after she and Affleck split. He waited about a year and a half before marrying Garner in 2005.
The former couple keeps in touch: “I respect her. I like her,” Affleck said of Lopez in 2012, “I’m really pleased to see her successful.”
Donna Karan is leaving women on their own. Seventh Avenue’s greatest advocate for professional women announced Tuesday that she is leaving her signature collection to focus on philanthropy, healthcare and cultural awareness through her Urban Zen Company and Foundation.
BLAST FROM THE PAST
Thousands went back in time as one of the largest movie audiences ever in one place gathered to watch Back to the Future at the Hollywood Bowl in a celebration of the film’s 30th anniversary Tuesday night. The venue was just shy of its 17,000-person capacity for the Tuesday night event for the Michael J. Fox time-travel blockbuster that opened July 3, 1985.
STRANDED AT SEA
A World War II-era seaplane is foundering in the surf on the northern Gulf Coast after a mishap during filming. The vintage PBY-6A flying boat has been partially submerged near the Alabama-Florida state line since Monday. Crews towed it near the beach after the aircraft began taking on water further offshore; workers are now trying to figure out how to get it out of the water. The twin-engine aircraft is being used in the filming of a new Nicolas Cage movie about the U.S.S. Indianapolis disaster.