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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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Gypsyangel    

Hester is a self centered jerk.

591 days ago
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Sally Smithson    

My husband & I have warched Storage Wars for a long time. Dave Hester is arrogant and neither of us has any use for him. His law suit is typical of what is wrong with America now> He is disgusting.

591 days ago
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Sally Smithson    

My husband & I have watched Storage Wars for a long time and neither of us has any use for Dave Hester. He is arrogant and disgusting!

591 days ago
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Malcolm Garey    

Storage wars poo wee I had been doing storage locker for 20 yrs until this program came out and then the attendance went from 20 or 30 buyers to 100 or more and no one believed that it was fixed except us old time buyers and becausde the new commers spent all their money and there neighbors money and what they could borrow and found out u stood a better chance at the lottery and didn't have to take all your unit to the dump. Only then did the new buyers learn thr truth. Their is no agernts to regulate this business, so it's a free for all .

591 days ago
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Malcolm Garey    

Storage wars poo wee I had been doing storage locker for 20 yrs until this program came out and then the attendance went from 20 or 30 buyers to 100 or more and no one believed that it was fixed except us old time buyers and becausde the new commers spent all their money and there neighbors money and what they could borrow and found out u stood a better chance at the lottery and didn't have to take all your unit to the dump. Only then did the new buyers learn thr truth. Their is no agernts to regulate this business, so it's a free for all .

591 days ago
606.

Spitfire    

Glad he is gone. This man has the biggest case of small pen is syndrome I have every seen...yuuuuuuuuppppp!

591 days ago
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leeleetof    

Can't stand Dave

591 days ago
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luv4550    

OMG!!! If anyone really belives that they really find all the gold, silver, cars, and so on then you are the most stupid idiot on this earth!!
I like the show but know its all a set uo......It cracks me up that now people are going out to buy storage units thinking they will find treasure, SO F'ING DUMB!!!!! LMAO!!!

590 days ago
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Caleigh    

He had no problem raking in all the $$ he made while this was going on, he got too greedy asking TLC to take any Liability from these"salted" lockers, he got greedy and some lawyer said, boy you better get something from TLC in writing to cover your butt if something happens HE is his brand, lets see where that brand takes him, because he just screwed himself

590 days ago
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jessica    

thank GOD, he's gone! now, if they would only give Darrell a bath and/or shower & send him on his way, i'd be happy to watch again.

589 days ago
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jewellene harden    

Dave seem like the one that will take his marbles and go home. still watch the show, it's fun.

589 days ago
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Dee    

The show will be much better without Dave YUUUUP Hester. Fake or not the show is still great.

588 days ago
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jenn    

I work at a Storage Facility and I know for a fact that I never see seals on those units before they open them on Storage Wars...Do you guys?

588 days ago
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nevernude    

I LOVE BARRY!!!!!!!!!

587 days ago
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craig    

THE SHOW IS 100% FAKE. The comment about the BMW isetta being planted there is 100% REAL. A family member of mine is a car wrangler for movies, tv shows and commercials. This family memeber is the one who got this car for the shoot, it was a 2 day shoot first day at the locker 2nd day at the peterson auto museum. 100% FAKE. Before the show ever aired on TV my family member told me about that and that the show is fake off the bat.

586 days ago
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