The producers of a new E! reality show starring Kim and Kourtney Kardashian have complained that a resident near the series’ production set, a $100,000-a-month mansion, is trying to get rich quick by charging the cast and crew exorbitant parking fees.
And that has caused a rift with the homeowners association that green-lighted three months worth of filming on the gated street.
A good old fashioned Trojan War over comely sisters?
HOA VP Richard Otero says the resident asked for $500 a day to allow production trucks and cars to park on a vacant lot — after chasing away vehicles parked curbside.
That resident, realtor Jeff Tomlinson, is selling the empty lot on behalf of an investor and said his client, not him, wants the cash.
And Tomlinson added the cast and crew have no choice since there’s no street parking, especially not in front of his home!
“That’s extortion,” said Otero. “There is street parking here.”
“I merely called the producers to tell them they couldn’t park in front of my driveway and proposed that they park on the empty lot,” said Tomlinson. “For that, they’d have to pay since I control the property on behalf of a client.”
Local cops and city officials even got called in by the Kardashians’ producers to settle things down.
“Now, another resident is letting them park on his property,” said Tomlinson. “That’s fine with me.”
Otero, meanwhile, took umbrage to the Gossip Extra story about San Souci homeowners’ queasiness with the Kim and Kourtney show’s entourages, paparazzi, celebs and gawkers.
“The Kardashians are more than welcome here,” said Otero. “They’re considerate and very professional.”
They’re so nice, he added, that they may rent one of his fancy properties in Bimini!