Carl Westcott is an 83-year-old veteran who is caught up in a legal battle with Katy Perry and Orlando Bloom over the sale of his $15 million mansion in Santa Barbara, California.
Westcott claims he was under the influence of painkillers after back surgery when he signed the contract to sell the home in July 2020. He says he didn’t understand what he was doing and didn’t want to sell the house.
Westcott was born in 1940 and grew up in Santa Barbara. He served in the United States Army for 20 years, including a tour of duty in Vietnam. After his military service, he worked as a truck driver and a mechanic. He retired in 2000 and bought the mansion in Santa Barbara in 2002.
In July 2020, Westcott underwent back surgery. He was prescribed painkillers to manage his pain. On July 20, 2020, he met with a real estate agent to list his mansion for sale.
He was still under the influence of painkillers at the time. The real estate agent showed Westcott a photo of Katy Perry and Orlando Bloom, who were interested in buying the mansion.
Westcott was a fan of Perry and Bloom, and he agreed to sell the house to them for $15 million.
Westcott signed the contract to sell the mansion on July 21, 2020. He later claimed that he didn’t understand what he was doing and that he didn’t want to sell the house. He said that he was pressured by the real estate agent and by Perry and Bloom’s representatives to sign the contract.
Westcott tried to rescind the contract, but Perry and Bloom’s representatives refused.
They said that Westcott was of sound mind when he signed the contract and that he was now trying to back out of the deal because he regretted selling the house.
Westcott filed a lawsuit against Perry and Bloom in September 2020. He is seeking to have the contract voided and to have the money he paid for the house returned.
Perry and Bloom’s lawyers have denied the allegations, saying that Westcott was of sound mind when he signed the contract and that he is now trying to back out of the deal because he regrets selling the house.
The trial is scheduled to begin on August 22, 2023. It is expected to last for several weeks.
The outcome of the trial could have a significant impact on Perry and Bloom’s finances.
If Westcott is successful, they could be forced to return the $15 million they paid for the house, plus legal fees.
The case is also a reminder of the importance of reading and understanding all contracts before signing them. Even if you are in a hurry or feeling pressured, it is always important to take the time to make sure you know what you are agreeing to.
In addition to the legal battle with Perry and Bloom, Westcott is also facing financial difficulties. He has been diagnosed with Huntington’s disease, a degenerative neurological disorder.
He is no longer able to work, and he is struggling to pay his medical bills. The money from the sale of the mansion would have helped him to pay for his care.
Westcott is hoping that the trial will be successful and that he will be able to get his money back. He says that he needs the money to pay for his medical care and to support his family.
He also says that he wants to set an example for other people who have been taken advantage of by unscrupulous real estate agents.