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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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Becky Diefendorf    

I think he is telling the truth Brandy Boobs did get big LOL...All them shows are rigged

589 days ago
572.

gail    

well... i like dave.. i want a t-shirt that says yupppppppppp lol.... so kool. and i like the show rigged or not it is fun to watch. barry is so funny to .

589 days ago
573.

Desertman    

All reality TV is fake, where's the news?

589 days ago
574.

BB    

Dave Hester supposedly made THOUSANDS on those old newspapers while the old BMW was worth a whole lot less for Barry..

589 days ago
575.

Kelly    

I would not miss Dave. YUUUUUP! He was annoying. No such thing as reality TV.

589 days ago
576.

Victoria    

I work for a storage company and no we dont plant stuff or rig the auctions dont know if the show does but alot of people i know find a whole lot of good things in them. But about 80% of the lockers are garbage but there are tjust gotta be lucky!!!!hose big ticket items in there you

589 days ago
577.

coolhandluke    

what a shock tv isnt real?

589 days ago
578.

flowymac    

YOU GOT FIRE, AND i AM GLAD,

589 days ago
579.

pearlnestor    

He probably got fired because he has a smart mouth and the personality of a turd. I wouldn't put it past him to make up all sorts of stuff to try and get even, I've met his type more times than I care to remember.

589 days ago
580.

flamoon    

Dave Hester is a mean spirited ass.
We ALL have known creeps like him.
I love Barry. So cute.

589 days ago
581.

Shaunie    

Then they put all those dirty cobwebs and dust on the stuff after they plant the good?

589 days ago
582.

azneck1    

A "reality" show not real??? No way!

589 days ago
583.

azneck1    

Storage Wars tried to land a spot at the storage facility I used to work at. Showed up with two large trucks. One was for camera equipment, the other for "props".

589 days ago
584.

Rico416    

I like Dave you always need a bad guy that nobody likes, it makes the show more interesting. His idgaf

589 days ago
585.

jim    

Storage Was still x show. I would like to see Hester stay, even if he is a pain in the a** .

589 days ago
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