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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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46.

sammi    

YUUUUUUUUUUUUUP, Staged all the way. Dave did you have blinders on all the time you were filming this stupid show......

620 days ago
47.

dena2cents    

He's a hater. Most tv stuff is fake and set up..who cares. He shoulda just kept his mouth shut and got paid...now what does he get for his honesty..... ..lol exactly

620 days ago
48.

Snooki'sHairBump    

A REALITY SHOW THAT'S RIGGED?!!! SAY IT AIN'T SO!!!

620 days ago
49.

duh    

The most interesting 'reveal' here is the plastic surgery for a 'female cast member' to add to the 'sex appeal' for the show. Why no names? That's excellent dirt...! Was it Dan's wife or the mammary-gifted Passante?

620 days ago
50.

Big D    

Tell us something we didn't know. I mean what's the odds that somebody is going to put a safe full of jewelry, cash, silver and gold coins in a storage bin, and not pay for the unit or remove the items. Seriously who puts two Harley Davidson Motorcycles in a storage unit and leaves them there? Damn I forgot I had two $20,000 motorcycles in there, so I didn't pay the $55 storage fee.

620 days ago
51.

AmazingGordo    

YUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUPPPP!!

620 days ago
52.

gu5t0e    

Dave Hester can go to hell!

620 days ago
53.

EM    

No big secret Dave. You 5 minutes are up.

620 days ago
54.

Jules Destaing    

Once they say "Reality" ? Ya know it's rehearsed--faked--setup. I'm just glad Hester the JERK is no longer on the show.

620 days ago
55.

gossiploveR    

Dave Hester is a whiner, and thats exactly why i believe him. He got ca.ned and now its time to throw his classic tantrum. Hes got backstabbing qualities. The guy is a snake. Hes most likely telling the truth and letting the obvious cat out of the bag....everyone knows this crap is fake and set up. The copycat storage hunters show is worse....makes me wanna puke. All of these reality shows breed money

620 days ago
56.

verlinda    

OMG..I have watched this show from day one. Entertaining. If I remember right, Dave brought the Elvis Newspapers, and were valued at over $90,000. He seems to be the one who finds the most valuable Lockers. So he is telling all because he was axed from the show.

620 days ago
57.

LRT    

Good for him! I am so sick of all this fake crap! BE REAL!

620 days ago
58.

spokenword    

Sounds like somebody got their feelings hurt because their not wanted anymore.

620 days ago
59.

thebigalphamale    

the thing is I would rather watch real bidding, real finds or in most cases REAL MISSES where they bid 2k and there is nothing in there worth it... REALity tv... that would be as good if not better than the show scripted and planted goods...

620 days ago
60.

Carl    

Doesn't surprise me at all. I don't know about this claim, but one of the episodes from last season involved finding a metal detector. I know the person they used as the expert (which he is). Despite the Storage Wars guy referring to him as his good friend, they had never met before in their life. On top of that my friend thought the metal detector looked brand new, almost like the producers bought it from a store.

620 days ago
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