Katy Perry has had a string of failures in her life lately, of both the PR and legal kind. In 2015, Perry decided to purchase a convent in California and transform it into a living space for herself, her mother, and grandmother. According to Forbes:
When the nuns sold the large estate to Silver Lake, California businesswoman Dana Hollister in 2015, the Archdiocese balked, claiming the Sisters didn’t have the right to sell. Concurrently the Archdiocese approved a sale to Katy Perry for $14.5 million (including $10 million cash).
And that’s when the nuns started dragging Perry’s name through the mud and court, with one of the sisters DYING DURING PROCEEDINGS. Everyone blamed Perry and claimed she kicked nuns out of their home when the reality of the situation involves a clash between the nuns and the Church that pulled in the pop star. Still, the PR of “Perry Kicks Nuns Out Of Their Home” and “Nun Dies While Fighting Perry’s Purchase Of A Convent” are not great.
Christian Rapper Flame sued Perry and her co-writers of the 2013 song “Dark Horse” for copyright infringement on his 2008 track “Joyful Noise.” Based on YouTube views for Flame’s song and the probability that Perry or one of her co-writers may have heard it, a jury found them guilty in August 2019 and ordered them to pay out $2.5 million in damages. Now, on the anniversary of Perry’s hit song “Teenage Dream,” her co-star in the video has come forward to accuse her of sexual assault.
This one time I brought a friend who was dying to meet her. It was [Perry’s creative director] Johnny Wujek’s birthday party at [Moonlight Rollerway]. And when I saw her, we hugged and she was still my crush. But as I turned to introduce my friend, she pulled my Adidas sweats and underwear out as far as she could to show a couple of her guy friends and the crowd around us my penis. Can you imagine how pathetic and embarrassed I felt?
These allegations are horrifying. Not only is it awful to have someone you have a crush on treating you as an object, but Perry held all of the power in their dynamic. Kloss was/is a model and had a small child at the time, supposedly only earning $650 for his role opposite the pop star in her music video. Then, when invited out to a party, he is mishandled by someone he likely trusted.
As of the writing of this post, Perry and her spokespeople have not commented on the allegations.
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