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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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541.

bored    

Yeah Daves a dick but hes probably telling the truth and that SUCKS because I love this show.

681 days ago
542.

RDNZL    

All these shows are rigged, Antiques Road Show quotes estimates way too high from the reality of what they're really worth, Pawn Stars has planted customers that are actually asked to come in and bring things in,

681 days ago
543.

taxman    

Can you imagine how long the show would last if all the units they bid on had nothing but junk in them. Ratings would drop like crazy. Sad thing is that most of the people watching these shows think they're genuine. Go get them David!

681 days ago
544.

RDNZL    

Antiques Roadshow, Pawn Stars are all rigged as well. Antiques Road Show quotes values 4 & 5 times higher than what they're really worth, Pawn Stars has people they know bring items in

681 days ago
545.

Sally    

His career is over..............he's just trying to hold on to it a little bit longer.............

681 days ago
546.

Sally    

Everybody should know, that watching tv these days, is like watching WWE...................IT'S ALL FAKE............Even shows that you used to watch for honesty, they have turned into "ALL LIES".............

681 days ago
547.

Stacie    

A simple Google search will produce numerous videos of them staging the units. In one video, I saw them take out an old, dirty trunk and replace it with a practically brand new one, that of course had something valuable in it. It's all fake, just like all other reality tv.

681 days ago
548.

pleasebeoffended    

are you telling me that "reality TV" is fake????!!! NEVER!!

681 days ago
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john c    

Hey Dave.....You have profitted pretty well off the show, but, yes there is a but. Your an arrogant ass that loves to make people miseralble. I believe you think A&E owes you a living. You have that nice big rig..I am sure from monies you recieved thru the show and/or from free publicity you have gotten courtesy of "Storage Wars". Enjoy your 15 min of fame Dave. Now crawl back in your hole. LOL

681 days ago
550.

pleasebeoffended    

are you telling me "reality TV" is fake? NEVER!!

681 days ago
551.

shar    

If anyone thought this show was for real. IS AN IDIOT. plain & simple. Its garbage along with so many other reality shows. I have enough drama in my own world without wasting time watching someone else's...made up drama.

681 days ago
552.

Lu Ann    

YUUUUUUP! Ba Bye & good riddance Dave;)

681 days ago
553.

janetmarie    

Yuuuuup! You're out of here and it's about time!

681 days ago
554.

Joe    

Good for Dave Hester in speaking out. Maybe he has made enough mony that he said what the F@#K. Most people know the show is rigged becuase you never saw the average person winning any locker. I go to storage sales every month here on the east coast and you can find some great things, biut also a lot of junk.

681 days ago
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paul    

This guy is a doofus

681 days ago
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