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WeHo Politician Kicks Kardashians' Spray Tanner Out Of His Garage

Jimmy Jimmy Coco and Celebrity Dog Jiff the Pomeranian (Photo via CoCo's Instagram)
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Well, this is weird. A man who makes a living spray tanning celebrities is suing a WeHo City Council candidate for kicking him and his asthmatic cat out of the converted garage they weren't supposed to be living in anyhow. It's like a West Hollywood House of Cards.We'll back up. Jimmy Jimmy CoCo (actual name, James W. Snyder) is a former Chippendale's dancer who provides spray tans to various celebrities, including the Kardashians. (You're no one until you spray tan a Kardashian!) According to his website, Coco is "the pioneer of mobile tanning." One appointment with him will set you back $350. Larry Block owns a clothing store on Santa Monica Boulevard and is running for West Hollywood's City Council. The election is on March 3.

According to CoCo, he and Block made a verbal agreement that CoCo could rent out the converted garage on Block's property, the L.A. Times reports. According to Block, that verbal agreement only allowed CoCo to use the garage for storage, as CoCo travels frequently.

CoCo's first spat with Block began when Block refused to provide him with a parking permit for CoCo's guests, the likes of which included caretakers for CoCo's cat, who suffers from asthma. When CoCo tried to get a permit from the City himself, he was unable to prove his residency because technically, the garage was an illegal unit. Block then attempted kick CoCo out, and CoCo left in November.

Coco's suit also alleges that Block tried to use cameras to get a sneaky peek at CoCo's well-toned and tanned body getting in and out of the shower while he was staying there. Block alleges that CoCo's catsitter was having his own guests over and that once, he or his guests got Block's dog's leg stuck in his gate while entering or exiting the property, WeHo News reports. D-r-a-m-a.

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Block also thinks the timing of the suit has everything to do with his political campaign. CoCo's lawyer, Neal S. Zaslavsky, sent the suit to city officials including Block's opponent, WeHo Mayor John D'Amico, on February 2 before Block had a chance to see it. The suit apparently mentions Block's candidacy several times, and Block believes that the lawsuit is only meant to undermine his run for City Council. D'Amico has offered no comment on the suit.

Zaslavsky told the Times that what CoCo really wants from Block, former long-time friend, is an apology.

[h/t to Curbed LA]

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