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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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31.

NOT ELMO    

pay up girls.............

756 days ago
32.

tessa    

the parasite always writhes when removed from the host

756 days ago
33.

cleo    

there isn't any show that can stand up to Pawn Start i love it and all the people in it.

756 days ago
34.

Tommy G.    

DONT LOOK AT IT LIKE YOU GOT RIPPED OFF AFTER ALL YOU MADE MONEY FROM THE SHOW BUT LOOK AT IT LIKE THIS YOU HAD GOLD TO TRADE IN AT A PAWN SHOP THE PRICE OF GOLD IS AROUND $1,800 A OUNCE AND YOU ACCEPTED AN OFFER FOR $ 1,60...0.A GOOD PRICE BUT NOW GREED HAS SET IN. I THINK YOU TOOK THE CHEAP ROUTE AND YOU SHOULD HAVE HAD A "POWERHOUSE"ATTORNEY FROM THE START.IT'S TO LATE NOW BECAUSE ASXTHEY SAY IN HOLLYWOOD. THAT'S SHOWBIZ KID? DUMD*SS.

756 days ago
35.

Larry Fyne    

I used to watch when the show 1st started but soon realized Rick was an as shole jerk that would screw you in a heartbeat. That wheezy laugh just grates on my last nerve. Corey is so-so although arrogance bleeds through a lot of the time. The old man is a smart-a ss jerk as well. No wonder where Rick gets his traits. Chumlee...Chumlee is the only one that truly acts/appears to be down to earth and genuine.

The show's a turn off and not surprised this Jeffries fellow is claiming he got screwed...more than likely he did.

756 days ago
36.

Mike    

I cant believe people watch this show it is so fake. Do you really believe that all this great stuff comes through this store to be bought. Its all set up all the stories are planned. I watched it for one season and couldnt stand Rick with the witch of the west laugh anymore, and all his experts he call in that know everything there is to know about anything. To paraphrase Rick, after all these years I cant believe this show is still on the air, hee,hee,hee,hee, What a waste of electricity to watch, people wise up.

756 days ago
37.

sixpackdan    

Sounds like a bunch of cry babies on this board. Why are you REALLY pissed? They make money and you dont? They have a HIT show and you dont. Time to take your hi powered microscopes out and turn them around. NEWS flash.....its called entertainment and weather or not you like it they have the ratings. Which for you morons means someone is watching.

756 days ago
38.

rootbeergirl    

Jefferies hasn't made enough money off riding these coattails yet? Bloodsucker.

756 days ago
39.

RM    

Sounds like sour grapes to me. So an employer can fire an employee? Since when. This guy needs to grow up and get a real job!

756 days ago
40.

Tony    

Hey, come to think of it I was sitting around one day watching the people's court and said to myself.."self, you know that Harvey guy would be just right to host a celebrity gossip show." No kidding, I originally thought about doing it in Detroit's famous 8 mile strip and calling the 8MZ....And here we are years later with the same host on a oddly similar celebrity gossip show. Okay, here's the deal, we can go to court and tie up each other for years to come with the lawyers getting all the mullah, or we can just settle and be on our way with our lives. Just pay off my house, if I did not have that mortgage payment each month I could semi-retire, I can make enough doing odd jobs to pay for lights, food and gas...Instead of your people contacting my people just have Harv contact me ASAP and we will hammer out the details...

755 days ago
41.

Crackhead    

Wayne Jefferies: I want a million dollars.

Rick Harrison: Well that might have happened a few years ago. The economy for this type of stuff is down. I'll give you $100.00, final offer.

755 days ago
42.

Royce    

This is one of many stupid and boring shows on television...just like all the other reality show crap. history channel doesn's show history, weather channel quit showing weather, MTV and VH1 don't have music videos...all a bunch of moron people acting stupid just to be on tv.

755 days ago
43.

lisa    

I think its chumlee's fault :)

755 days ago
44.

Il Duce    

Chumleee----Bank all the bucks you can------the END is near!!!

755 days ago
45.

texas justice style    

Who cares? I like to watch the show because I love fiction and fairy tales. Rick needs to wash his hands and quit showing his filthy fingernails on camera. There is no way people that get taken by Rick and his crew are that stupid to leave money on the table.

755 days ago
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