Katy Perry, Orlando Bloom win lawsuitover their $15 million Montecito house behind them. The 84-year-old founder of 1-800-Flowers, Carl Westcott, sold the land to Perry. A judge at the Los Angeles Superior Court said that Westcott was of sound mind when he agreed to the sale. The decision will become permanent next week.
In February 2024, the second part of the trial will begin, and Perry will talk about the losses she says she has suffered. Following that, the judge will decide if damages are due.
Katy Perry wearing a purple dress and Orlando Bloom wearing a black suit
The disabled veteran and his wife Orlando Bloom lost their three-year legal fight over the sale of their $15 million Montecito home. The decision will be final in 10 days. Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Joseph Lipner said:
Wescott presented no persuasive evidence that he lacked capacity to enter into a real estate contract.- Joseph Lipner
Carl Westcott, 84, signed a real estate contract in July 2020 agreeing to sell Perry his 8.9-acre home in Santa Barbara. However, he later said he was high on opioids and painkillers after having major back surgery.
Westcott, who has Huntington's Disease, said he didn't understand what he had agreed to until days after the painkillers stopped working. That's when he tried to back out of the deal.
But on Wednesday, a judge in Los Angeles decided against him and in favor of the famous couple. The judge on American Idol can finally go home in 10 days. The court will probably hear Perry roar when she appears in a later countersuit, but for now, it looks like she can go.
Perry's lawyer, Eric Rowen, responded to the decision by saying:
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
Not only did Westcott want his house back, but so did his daughter Kameron Westcott, who was a star on the lost show Real Housewives of Dallas. Westcott backers even came up with a bill they called the PERRY Act, which is both the singer's last name and the name of the bill's main goal: protecting elderly homeowners' homes during their retirement years.
The legal fight started when Westcott, who had sold Perry the mansion in July 2020, tried to back out of the deal by saying Perry was not mentally capable. In August 2020, he sued Bernie Gudvi, who was Perry's business boss.
Westcott had surgery the next day, and Maria Shriver made an "out of the blue" $13 million offer on the house. Cristal Clarke, Westcott's agent, said that Westcott responded for $13.5 million but quickly pulled the offer because they thought they could get more money from another buyer.
Perry first offered $13.5 million, but Westcott countered with $15 million, and Perry agreed to pay him in full, with no conditions. Clarke said in court that Westcott told her to go ahead with the sale but to hold on to Shriver's offer of $13.5 million as a backup.
A full-on court case for a house may seem like a lot of work, but this one is a real estate fireworks show. The 10,000-square-foot Mediterranean-style home sits on 2.5 acres and is said to have many star-studded features, such as a pool, four-car garage, "sports court," and many ponds. Perry probably doesn't watch "Last Friday Night" anymore, but she's sure to make friends with her A-List neighbors, like Oprah and Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.
It was a court fight, but Katy Perry and her actor husband Orlando Bloom were able to kick an old disabled veteran out of his home. Together with Carl Wescott, the two Hollywood stars bought a fancy home in Montecito, California, in 2021.
At that point, the 83-year-old man said that he was too sick at the time to be able to understand and agree to the $14.2 million deal. Judge Joseph Lipner of the Los Angeles County Superior Court said that Wescott did not have enough proof to back up his claim and that Perry should have the land.