Pop Singer Katy Perry Is Battling a Dying Veteran to Make Him Sell His Home
In an unexpected twist, pop singer Katy Perry has been entangled in a legal battle with 84-year-old Army veteran Carl Westcott, who is currently battling Huntington’s disease.
And the battle? It’s over a house… Wescott’s house. Who could ever imagine this cruel Katy Perry stand-off with a veteran? After all, it may result in Westcott being forced out of his dream home.
Life of Carl Westcott: From the Military to Entrepreneurship
Carl Westcott is a veteran of the 101st Airborne Division and transitioned into entrepreneurship after his service. He achieved considerable success from owning 1-800-Flowers and founding Westcott LLC, a private equity firm.
His impressive journey also took a new turn when he purchased a $15 million beachfront home in Montecito, California.
This incredible new home was surrounded by celebrity neighbors, including Oprah Winfrey, Ellen DeGeneres, Prince Harry, and Meghan Markle.
It was the place he dreamed of, intending to spend his remaining days there. But life took a tragic turn when he was diagnosed with Huntington’s. To top it off, it also heralded the arrival of Perry and her Fiance.
The Katy Perry Veteran Battle
Perry and Bloom loved Westcott's dream home and offered to purchase it from him.
Notably, this happened shortly after Westcott had his back surgery, essential in relation to his disease. Westcott insists that he was under the influence of anesthesia and opioid painkillers during the contract signing..
The Disputed Contract
Westcott states that he has no memory of even signing the agreement due to the anesthesia and opiate daze from his surgery. While he did sign it, he withdrew from the agreement when he regained clarity, but it was at that point that the celebrities threatened to sue him.
Not only will the trial determine the house’s ownership, but Perry and Bloom are seeking compensation, which can only harm this military veteran.
The legal battle began on September 27 in Los Angeles County Superior Court. Court documents reveal that Westcott never even listed his home for sale, having expressed earlier his intent to live there for life.
While this proves a significant advantage to Westcott’s side, the man can no longer attend court proceedings to take advantage of the truth due to his current condition.
Still, Westcott’s lawyers argue that the combination of his age, post-surgery frailty, and multiple doses of opiates rendered him of unsound mind during the signing, making the situation invalid and the contract signers irresponsible for forcing such a contract.
Counterarguments in Court
On the opposite end, Perry and Bloom’s business manager, Bernie Gudvi, argues that Westcott hired a real estate broker and even oversaw a bidding war with Maria Shriver, a journalist.
Their attorney further maintains that Westcott’s mental incapacitation did not occur until 2021 after the contract was signed.
These debates have built into a convoluted case that is quite unfortunate for the involved parties, especially our vulnerable veterans.
The Katy PERRY Veteran Act
To push forward, and given the existent legal disputes surrounding Katy Perry’s real estate dealings, the Westcott family is advocating for the Protecting Elder Realty for Retirement Years Act, ironically known as the Katy ‘PERRY’ Act.
This legislation aims to establish a 72-hour cooldown period for elderly homeowners to rescind a contract regarding a personal residence without penalties.
The Bottom Line
The Katy Perry Veteran legal battle raises complex questions about contracts, mental state, and the protection of elderly homeowners.
In my humble opinion, it is quite infuriating that Perry and Bloom are going after a dying veteran and may end up forcing him out of his home. On top of trying to take his home, they are also reportedly expected to ask for millions from Westcott to cover the cost of renting another home and lost rental income.
Here's to hoping they come to their senses and let this dying veteran live out his final days in the home he wanted to be in.