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'Storage Wars'

Lawsuit Claims

Show is RIGGED

12/11/2012 10:35 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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"Storage Wars" -- the hit A&E show -- is deceiving viewers by making it seem contestants are bidding on unseen items, when the best goods are actually planted inside ... this according to a lawsuit obtained by TMZ.

The lawsuit -- filed by the former star, David Hester -- claims he was axed when he complained to producers about the alleged rigging practices.

Hester claims in one case producers planted a BMW mini car under a pile of trash.  In another case, Hester alleges producers planted a pile of old newspapers that announced the death of Elvis.  For some reason, that's a valuable commodity.

And Hester goes on ... claiming the show even gave less than photogenic cast members money for plastic surgery to "create more sex appeal."

Hester claims in the suit he was wrongfully terminated because he blew the whistle.

But Dan Dotson -- the guy behind the show's auction company -- disagrees, telling TMZ, every unit seen on the show is legit and has a seal on it before they open it ... making it impossible for A&E to tamper with the units before filming begins.

Dan adds, “We only sell legitimate units on Storage Wars. Every unit goes through a 64-day legal process and no one has access to units prior to auction.”

A rep for A&E tells TMZ, "We do not know about a lawsuit being filed and we do not comment on pending or threatened litigation."


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You mean that there are still people in this world who DIDN'T know that stuff was planted? How gullible are you?

681 days ago


Your 15 minutes are well over....go geta real job know loser.

681 days ago

Obamais still aracist    

he is an idiot no one likes him he is a cry baby on the show

681 days ago


O wow hey add dis guy henry duren/ hes a hot new dj

681 days ago


Always hated Dave - he is just one of those people that has assh0le written all over him.

681 days ago


HAHAHA Everyone knows all those shows are staged/rigged/scripted

681 days ago

Prsnr o st.     

Are you saying whats on tv is rehearsed or planed. Thanks Hester!

681 days ago

Elizabeth Alan    

Biting the hand that feeds you, or keeps you working, not wise - nothing heroic flapping your gums here.

681 days ago

charlei harper    

this how is purely entertainment based on a group of idiots who "out bid" each other with several other bidders involved and then they find the buried treasure that was planted by the prod. come you never see any of the background bidders win a bid? I'll tell you why...because it's STAGED!!!!!


681 days ago

northern gypsy    

ok folks...i'll admit it...i've watched this show and know about mr. "yup"...he's always reminded me of a "party pooper"...having said that...i believe him and it's all about the ratings...remember ???

681 days ago


Dave wasn't my favorite but everybody knows he's telling the truth ..No way will the same people be that lucky week after week.. Dave probably did have to sign an confidentiality agreement with A&E and that's where the trouble started.

681 days ago


i will still watch

681 days ago


Who cares still makes for good tv watching.

681 days ago


Good riddens Hester - Now I will enjoy the show.

681 days ago


Deceiving viewers? That's if people who watch these dumbed-downed reality shows would know the difference...or care. TV has gone down the toilet.

681 days ago
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