Katy Perry fought for a Montecito mansion in court. The verdict is in, and she likes it
2023/11/13

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The final verdict has been reached in Katy Perry's legal battle over the $15 million mansion in Montecito. The pop star had purchased the property for herself and fiancé Orlando Bloom in July 2020 from the founder of 1-800-Flowers. However, the seller, Carl Westcott, attempted to cancel the sale, claiming that he was mentally incapacitated at the time due to pain medication.

On Wednesday, a judge from the Los Angeles County Superior Court tentatively ruled that Westcott, 84, failed to prove his mental unfitness. The judgment stated that Westcott provided no convincing evidence that he lacked the capacity to enter into a real estate contract between June 10 and June 18, 2020, the period during which the agreement was negotiated and signed. According to the judge, the evidence presented by Westcott's team was neither credible nor persuasive. In fact, the court found substantial evidence indicating that Westcott was perfectly capable of understanding and signing the contract.

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This evidence included the testimony of a witness who interacted with Westcott during the negotiation and finalization of the contract, as well as Westcott's written communications from the same time frame, which the court described as "coherent, engaged, lucid, and rational." Medical reports regarding Westcott showed that none of his doctors believed he lacked the capacity to engage in any actions prior to the sales contract or for more than a year afterward. Court documents revealed that the contract Westcott negotiated and signed resulted in a profit of $3.75 million for him. Additionally, he had entered into other contracts around the same time, both before and after the real estate agreement with Perry, and had not attempted to rescind any of them due to lack of capacity.

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Perry's attorney, Eric Rowen, responded to the ruling by stating, "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." Rowen added that they look forward to resolving the matter during the scheduled damage trial phase in February. Westcott initially filed a lawsuit against the couple's business manager, Bernie Gudvi, in August 2020, alleging that he was heavily medicated and not mentally capable when he entered into the $15 million sale contract with Perry.

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Shortly after signing the contract, Westcott and his lawyers claimed that he was unable to properly review it because he was under the influence of "several intoxicating pain-killing opiates" at the time. The trial began in late September, and the judge later divided the case into separate proceedings. Perry is expected to testify regarding damages in the countersuit.

Westcott's son, Chart Westcott, expressed disagreement with the judge's ruling but stated that they accept it. He also mentioned that Perry will have to testify about the contradictory claims she has made regarding lost income from renting his father's home. Despite the ruling, Chart Westcott made it clear that they will continue to fight for their father and honor his legacy of remarkable achievements.

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