Carl Westcott sues Katy Perry, Bernie Gudvi over real estate
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Katy Perry poses before the filming of the NBC television special “Carol Burnett: 90 Years of Laughter and Love,” Thursday, March 2, 2023, at the Avalon Hollywood in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)

A trial is underway in a real estate dispute between pop superstar Katy Perry and the 84-year-old millionaire who says he was bamboozled into selling her his estate when he was mentally incapacitated.

A star-studded lawsuit

84-year-old Texas entrepreneur Carl Westcott, the father-in-law of “Real Housewives of Dallas” star Kameron Westcott and the millionaire founder of 1-800-Flowers, sued Perry, whose legal name is Katheryn Hudson, and Perry’s business manager, Bernie Gudvi.

Perry’s fiancé, actor Orlando Bloom, is also referenced in the complaint. According to testimony in court Thursday, the couple planned to raise their daughter, Daisy Dove, in the home.

A sprawling estate, a lengthy surgery and a quick return on investment

On May 29, 2020, Westcott purchased an eight-bedroom, 11-bathroom estate on nine acres in the Santa Ynez foothills in Montecito, California for $11.25 million. The oceanside area is known as a favorite locale for celebrity residents including Oprah Winfrey, Brad Pitt and Ellen DeGeneres.

Perry’s offer to purchase the home came less than two months after Westcott acquired the estate and was more than $3.75 above Westcott’s purchase price.

In the complaint, Westcott described his “frailty from advanced age and poor heath from Huntington’s Disease,” and related diminished cognitive function. He had a six-hour spinal surgery on July 10, 2020, just four days before Perry’s agent presented him with a contract to sell his home. Westcott said when he signed the contract, “he was suffering severe pain and/or post-surgical delirium,” was, “suffering from dementia and/or diminished mental cognitive functions caused by his Huntington’s Disease,” and was also, “under the influence of several intoxicating pain-killing opiates.”

The octogenarian said the drugs “had the effect of disorienting and intoxicating” him and, “deprived [him] of reason and understanding with respect to the terms and consequences of the contract.”

Westcott said that when Gudvi presented him with a written purchase offer on July 14, 2020, Westcott had been “unable to understand the nature and probable consequences of the proposed contract” and “lacked the requisite level of alertness and attention” to fully reason through the contracting process.

Per the complaint, Westcott also signed a separate contract the next day, with brokerage firm Berkshire Hathaway Home Services, California Properties — this time agreeing that Gudvi would act as a dual agent for the buyer and seller.

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