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'Pawn Stars' Sued --

I Made You Guys Famous ...

and You SCREWED Me

10/4/2012 2:55 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Rick, Corey, the Old Man and Chumlee ... are all getting their asses sued by their ex-manager, who claims he discovered the "Pawn Stars" and made them famous ... only to get stabbed in the back.

The man behind the lawsuit is Wayne Jefferies -- who claims he found the guys from Gold & Silver Pawn back in 2007 and got them a reality TV show deal with A&E and the History Channel ... after Rick had struck out in the past.

Jefferies claims things were going great for years -- with the show killing it in the ratings and the guys all cutting various endorsement deals ... including credit cards, slot machines, books and even an energy drink.

But according to the suit, things fell apart earlier this year .. when network honchos became upset over a story Jefferies claims he leaked to TMZ. The story detailed how the "Pawn Stars" cast was blindsided when they learned A&E had commissioned a "Cajun Pawn Stars" spinoff.

In his suit, filed by powerhouse attorney Richard A. Schonfeld, Jefferies claims network execs pressured the "Pawn Stars" cast to cut ties with Jefferies ... which they did.

Jefferies is now suing the "Pawn Stars" guys for breach of contract ... and he's also suing A&E, the History Channel and various execs for interfering with his management deals.

Jefferies is asking for unspecified damages. Calls to the Pawn Stars and the networks have not been returned.

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GeniusMachine    

Duh! Maybe you were fired for leaking to TMZ because the Pawn Stars gang was unhappy that you were going to tabloids.

659 days ago
2.

stu    

American/Hardore Pawn in Detroit is the BEST.
Thou i can't believe it's real. Ashley is a TRUE B!TCH!!

659 days ago
3.

The Shadowmaster    

Chumlee for President!!!

659 days ago
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KnuckleDragger    

You leaked a story...and you thought that was gonna go well with upper management? Not your best move. The real bad part of this is when the suit gets thrown out and you have to start hocking things...Gold & Silver Pawn won't be on your list.

659 days ago
5.

KnuckleDragger    

Um...one more thing, Wayne. The Pawn Stars made themselves famous, not you.

659 days ago
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the_truth_hurts    

who cares, all the shows are FAKE......youtube visit pawnstars , the store is just crap they sell from the show

659 days ago
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the_truth_hurts    

yo dawg I used to hit da azz before she got all famus....and fat...

she likey da dark meat in the back door dawg..ifinz you see da ho tell her Leroy says wus up

659 days ago
8.

Carl    

How does this always happen in the entertainment industry? You have contracts that clearly spell out what you can and cannot do.

659 days ago
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Jay W.     

Network Honchos pissed cause Jeffries leaked the spin off story. Boo hoo. Hope the Pawn Dealers pay up.

Getting screwed by a Pawn Dealers... ? That's what they do

659 days ago
10.

Toilethead    

What did he expect? They're pawn brokers. They rip off people for a living. What a dope.

659 days ago
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scoopie    

Hard to watch this show; seeing people come in with an item and getting juiced down to taking 40% of what it's worth.

659 days ago
12.

Marge    

Some of the rare stuff that happens to walk in the door at this business couldn't possibly be seen at your average pawn store. Another "reality" show that's gets a big portion of f a k e.

659 days ago
13.

Shawn    

are these guys even still on tv? and energy drink endorsements? get out of here with that crap

659 days ago
14.

BECKER    

Rick his son and the old man are obnoxious A$$ Holes. They bully the people that come in and are probably ripping them off with their expert friends

659 days ago
15.

PT    

Duhhh..... gee, Tennessee. Chumley.

659 days ago
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