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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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b003    

Kelly was right.

492 days ago
17.

Jody    

Of course it's rigged. It's a reality show; there isn't anything about it that is real. They have to make it interesting.
It is just like Pawn Stars. I have a friend who lives in Vegas and has gone in that shop looking for some of the things that they have bought on the show from people. She was told by an employee that a lot of the time, the items that are brought in are not actually for sale at all, it's just for show. Interesting items are brought in to make the show more appealing to viewers, but they are never actually for sale.

492 days ago
18.

Roastmaster General    

Cry Baby... YUUUUUP!

492 days ago
19.

the artist formerly known as hand turkey    

What? No wai!

I think most people figured that out after the first few episodes.

492 days ago
20.

nataliecook    

File that one under: DUH. Honestly, how many people who put safes full of money, civil war artifacts and the crown jewels in a storage facility can't pay their $120.00 mo. storage fees?

492 days ago
21.

Fuck Celebrities    

What? It's rigged???

DUHH!!

492 days ago
22.

CANDICE_L    

WAIT......A reality show that's rigged.....NO WAY?!?!?!

492 days ago
23.

jeannie    

Now if Darrell would leave. He really gets on my nerves too

492 days ago
24.

Gigi    

I for one am glad he is calling them on it. I think most of us did assume that a lot of stuff was planted, but that doesn't make it right for them to do it.

492 days ago
25.

Zombie Whitney Houston    

Is this really news? I mean, come on.. all of those shows are rigged. People actually think Pawn Stars is real too. Sorry.. it's been proven fake also. They can be interesting to watch but it should be fairly obvious to most that they're staged and often scripted.

492 days ago
26.

NewJerseyNurse    

Dave, we all know its staged, and u shouldnt have led anyone to believe that it is dummy, you were part of the cast! Shoulda just kept quiet and played the game, kept cashing your A

492 days ago
27.

Cirrus Unicus    

Are you a retard? YUUUUUUUP!

492 days ago
28.

HAHAHA    

He didnt need to blow the wistle. The first time I saw the pile of old carpets and garbage that turned out to have a Ferrari F-40 under it I laughed and immediatly turned the channel

492 days ago
29.

NewJerseyNurse    

*kept cashing your a

492 days ago
30.

EastCoastChopper    

Almost every single reality show in the 2nd season or past that...becomes canned. Simple fact! Scripted drama and all out fake sh!t included. Choppers, Drugs Inc, Rehab, Crabbers, Bidders, Repo'ers and gym tan laundry...It's cheap and easy to produce and the fans eat it up.

492 days ago
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