Katy Perry’s lawsuit over her Montecito mansion reaches a ruling

The referee is in! Katy Perry’s legal battle over her $15 million Montecito mansion is over.

The “Teenage Dream” hitmaker purchased the mansion for herself and fiancé Orlando Bloom in July 2020 from the founder of 1-800-Flowers. But the businessman tried to cancel the sale, claiming that he was mentally ill at the time of the agreement due to taking painkillers.

A Los Angeles County Superior Court judge on Wednesday ruled tentatively that Carl Westcott, 84, did not meet his burden of proving he was mentally unfit.

“Wescott has provided no convincing evidence that he lacked capacity to enter into a real estate contract between June 10, 2020 and June 18, 2020, the days during which he negotiated and signed the contract,” the ruling said.

The judge said the evidence presented by Wescott’s team was not credible or convincing. The court did find significant evidence proving that Wescott was well enough to knowingly sign on the dotted line. The evidence included the testimony of one of the witnesses who interacted with Westcott during the negotiation and finalization of the contract as well as Westcott’s written communications during the same time frame that the court said showed the businessman was “coherent, engaged, clear and rational.”

Stacott’s medical reports showed that none of his doctors found that he lacked the ability to do any work before or for more than a year after the sales contract. According to court documents, the contract Westcott negotiated and signed netted him a profit of $3.75 million. He also entered into other contracts before and shortly after the real estate agreement with Perry and did not attempt to cancel any of them due to lack of capacity.

“Today’s proposed decision is clear – the judge found that Mr. Westcott was unable to prove anything other than that he was completely of sound mind when he engaged in complex negotiations over several weeks with multiple parties to effect a profitable sale of the property he had acquired,” said Eric Rowen, attorney. “We’ve made huge profits,” Perry said in a statement to People magazine.

“The evidence shows that Mr. Westcott breached the contract for no reason other than that he changed his mind,” Rowen said. “We look forward to concluding this matter at the trial stage scheduled for February 13 and 14, if not sooner.”

Westcott sued the couple’s manager, Bernie Godfy, in August 2020, alleging that he had received extensive therapy and was not of sound mind when he signed Perry for the $15 million sale. Shortly after signing the contract, Westcott and his attorneys claimed he was unable to properly review the contract because he was taking “several intoxicating and pain-relieving opioids” at the time.

Westcott said in his lawsuit that he underwent six-hour back surgery several days before submitting the proposed real estate contract, and was prescribed powerful medications that left him “intoxicated” at the time of signing.

The trial began in late September, and the judge has since divided the case into two parts. The “Roar” singer is expected to testify before a judge in the counterclaim for damages.

“Although we disagree with (the judge’s) ruling and wish he had spelled our father’s name correctly in his ruling, we accept it,” Westcott’s son, Chart Westcott, told People magazine. “Katy Perry will now have to testify in person about the damages and contradictory claims she made regarding lost rental income from my father’s home. Although this has been a long road, the fight for my father is far from over and we will continue to represent him and his legacy of incredible accomplishments.”

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