Katy Perry can finally live out her
teenage real-estate dream. A judge of the Los Angeles Superior Court ruled in favor of the "California Gurls" singer, who has been embroiled in a three-year-long legal battle with Carl Westcott, a veteran who founded 1-800-FLOWERS. If you need a refresher on Perry's drawn-out courtroom drama, it all started with a house. You see, Perry and her husband, Orlando Bloom, reportedly purchased Westcott's Montecito home for $14.2 million back in 2020. However, in a move nobody saw coming, Westcott sued to rescind the offer citing his mental incapacity.
Three years later, the judge ruled that Westcott was of sound mind and body when he sold the home to Perry. While the ruling will become permanent in 10 days—and the court will likely hear Perry roar when she testifies in a subsequent countersuit—it looks like the American Idol judge can finally go home. (Since the suit revolved around whether or not Perry could purchase the home, it's unclear where she and Bloom resided in the interim.)
"Today's proposed decision is clear—the judge found that Mr. Westcott could not prove anything other than he was of perfectly sound mind when he engaged in complex negotiations over several weeks with multiple parties to transact a lucrative sale of the property that netted him a substantial profit," Eric Rowen, the lawyer who represented Perry, told Rolling Stone.
It wasn't just Westcott who wanted his home back, but his daughter, Kameron Westcott, who was a star of the now-cancelled Real Housewives of Dallas. In fact, Westcott supporters proposed legislation called the PERRY Act, which is not just the singer's last name but also stands for Protecting Elder Realty for Retirement Years.
Admittedly, a full-blown legal battle seems like a lot of effort for a home—but this one is a real-estate firework. Clocking in at 2.5 acres, the 10,000-square-foot Mediterranean-style home reportedly boasts an array of star-studded features such as a pool, four-car garage, "sports court," and lots of fountains. And, while Perry has likely moved on from her "Last Friday Night" days, she's bound to find community in A-List neighbors like Oprah as well as Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. In the meantime, we'll sit tight for our invitation to her highly-anticipated housewarming party...
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