Last month, the “Hot N Cold” songstress made headlines after she and Bloom reportedly scammed an old man named Carl Westcott into selling them his $15 million Santa Barbara home in 2020.
Both parties have since gotten into a legal battle, but Perry’s fight-back hasn’t been well-received by the victim’s family, who have tagged her as hateful of older people.
Now, the pop star is setting the record straight.
Katy Perry’s Lawyer Assures She Doesn’t Hate The Elderly
In a new update about the case, Perry’s lawyer, Jay Cooper, denied all claims that his client is not tolerant of older people and those who served the country.
The accusations of “personal disgust” reportedly came from Westcott’s family, who accused the “American Idol” judge of using her lawsuit to punish the octogenarian.
Recall that Perry and Bloom asked for $2.6 million in damages, but the veteran’s family cited her recent $225 million catalog sale as why she doesn’t need the monetary damages for anything.
However, Cooper is fighting back on behalf of his client, telling RadarOnline, “None of those claims are true whatsoever. Katy has never, under any circumstances, at any time, ever made negative or disparaging remarks about the elderly, mentally ill, or veterans.”
The statement continued, “Katy herself has been involved in substantial charitable efforts on behalf of many less fortunate individuals in our society.”
As for why she is suing Wescott, Cooper stated, “The sole reason Katy Perry is pursuing litigation is that she entered into a written contract with Mr. Westcott, who was perfectly competent at the time, for a home that she wishes to live in with her family.”
The $2.6 million damages are reportedly related to the income Perry would have made if she could rent out the veteran’s home after buying it.
Veteran Accused Perry & Bloom Of Taking Home While Wasn’t Of Sound Mind
As The Blast reported, Perry and Westcott’s legal battle has been going on for about three years, and the bedridden veteran made some damning accusations against the power couple in his filing.
The older man claimed that days before selling the mansion to the couple, he had undergone a six-hour back surgery and was under the influence of the heavy painkiller prescribed to him when he signed the contract.
However, when the painkillers wore out, he realized he could have sold the home for a higher sum and believed Perry and Bloom “scammed” him out of making maximum profit.
“Upon discharge from the hospital, Mr. Westcott was prescribed at least two opiates in pill form that he was to continue taking for pain, which he took as prescribed several times each day,” an excerpt of his lawsuit read.
Westcott, who currently has Huntington’s Disease, strongly believes he wasn’t in the right frame of mind when he signed the deal. “The combination of his age, frailty from his back condition and recent surgery, and the opiates he was taking several times a day rendered Mr. Westcott of unsound mind,” read his lawsuit.
He wants the court to violate the contract because “he lacked the mental capacity to understand the nature and probable consequences.”
He also alleges that the famous pair, through their business agent, Bernie Gudvi, knew about his situation because he never listed the property, nor did he speak with a broker about his home going up for sale.
The $15 million mansion boasts eight bedrooms and 11 bathrooms, and Westcott allegedly purchased it just two months before it was taken from him by the singer and her actor fiancé.
In July 2022, the elderly veteran emailed Berkshire Hathaway, the real estate agency, and expressed “that he did not want to sell his home” in his capacity as buyer and seller. However, he received a response saying Perry and Bloom were “unwilling to walk away” from home and that he was “obligated to complete the sale.”
For the trial, which will take place in September, Westcott won’t attend in person due to his frail health, but his daughter-in-law, Kameron Westcott, who is a star of “The Real Housewives Of Dallas,” will be in court.