The legal saga surrounding Katy Perry’s $15-million Montecito mansion has finally concluded, bringing closure to a dispute initiated by the property’s previous owner, Carl Westcott.
In July 2020, the "Teenage Dream" singer, along with her fiancé Orlando Bloom, acquired the lavish estate from Carl Westcott, founder of 1-800-Flowers. However, Westcott attempted to annul the sale, claiming he was mentally incapacitated during the agreement due to pain pills.
A Los Angeles County Superior Court judge has now tentatively ruled in favor of Katy Perry, stating that Westcott failed to prove his mental incapacity during the critical negotiation period from June 10 to June 18, 2020.
The judgment noted, "Wescott presented no persuasive evidence that he lacked capacity to enter into a real estate contract," and deemed the evidence provided by Westcott’s team as neither credible nor persuasive.
Evidence and Profit
Contrary to Westcott’s claims, the court found significant evidence supporting his ability to make informed decisions. Testimonies from witnesses who interacted with Westcott during negotiations and his written communications were deemed coherent and rational. Medical reports from Westcott’s doctors further contradicted his allegations, confirming his capacity for more than a year before and after the contract.
The court revealed that Westcott not only negotiated a profitable deal with Perry but also engaged in other contracts without attempting to rescind any due to lack of capacity. The sale resulted in a substantial $3.75-million profit for Westcott.
Response from Katy Perry’s Camp
Katy Perry’s attorney, Eric Rowen, responded to the verdict, 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." Rowen emphasized that Westcott breached the contract merely due to a change of mind.
Rowen looks forward to the scheduled damage trial phase set for February 13 and 14, anticipating the final resolution of this legal matter.
Allegations Against Business Manager
Notably, Westcott filed a lawsuit against the couple’s business manager, Bernie Gudvi, in August 2020. He alleged that he was heavily medicated and not of sound mind when he contracted with Perry for the $15-million sale. Subsequently, he claimed inability to review the contract properly due to being on "several intoxicating pain-killing opiates" at the time.
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