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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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76.

agape    

I personally cannot stand to watch Pawn Stars (and I don't). Unlike Mike and Frank on their "picker's" show, these thugs on Pawn Stars have one thing in mind each time someone walks into their store - take advantage of them. I fully understand that they must make money in order to stay in business. However, it's just plain wrong to knowingly rip someone off when many times they know full well their not giving the client a fair deal for their item! Besides that, Rick is so dang full of himself! Gross!

666 days ago
77.

Don    

The strange thing about this show is that they only tape the buying end of the pawn business, never the selling end. Is that not interesting enough or do they just not want you to see the profit margins or how the "Pawn Stars" got to live in such nice homes, loaded with treasures?

666 days ago
78.

Big Hoss    

Let me call in my expert and see what all I can sue you for.

666 days ago
79.

ddalso    

He is better than the choices we have!

666 days ago
80.

Scotty Russell    

I don't know them but they're s*** bags... That makes no sense if you don't know them, then how do you know this?

There fake hmm Duh but it's still educational....

666 days ago
81.

kaiborder    

Boo hoo

666 days ago
82.

Paul    

Not surprising in the least...
Figures, as soon as someone gets famous, starts demanding the big bucks, someone gets greedy, gets pissed (and stupid) and winds up sueing the other party. get a life, please and stop clogging the internet with your trivial drama. People that are struggling, lost it all, tire of such worthless people. Too busy to earn a living when there are people that would be grateful to do anything in order to be self-reliant, responsible productive members of society...

666 days ago
83.

Mark Vinette    

It's a no brainer. These guys screw the customers every day so why not screw the why would the manager think they wouldn't screw him? I know pawn brokers are in business to make money but I don't think there is an hones one out there.

666 days ago
84.

Mark Vinette    

I am not surprised by this. These guys screw their customers every day. Why wouldn't the manager think they wouldn't screw him eventually?

666 days ago
85.

CAV44    

Anyone who takes this Crap seriously, and I mean every "reality" show on TV, should really not be watching television.

666 days ago
86.

chazz    

These guys would steal the rosary out of Mother Teresa's coffin! RICK IS ALWAYS TELLING PEOPLE THAT IT WIL TAKE FOREVER TO SELL THE ITEM TO SCREW THEM IN THE PRICE. iN THE MEAN TIME HE TELLS THE tELIVISION AUDIENCE HE HAD THE RIGHT PEOPLE INTERESTED IN THAT PARTICULAR ITEM! CHUM COMES OFF AS AN ESCAPED METAL PATIENT...GET THESE AHOLES OFF THE AIR !

666 days ago
87.

Georganne Black    

Money + Manager - credit to employees = greed.

666 days ago
88.

FM King    

Jefferies got his payday. He was cut out of the equation because of his underhanded tactics. SHUT UP Jeffereis & slink back in your cave!

666 days ago
89.

chazz    

These guys would steal Mother Teresa's rosary beads out of her coffin! Chumlee acts like an escapee from a mental institution. Screwing people is what they do..they suck and should be off the air!

666 days ago
90.

Slomoshun    

Why are these idiots famous at all? Ufck American TV. (Im American BTW)

666 days ago
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