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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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61.

BEE    

OMG NO REALLY??? LOL IF YOU DIDN'T KNOW IT WAS FAKE THEN YOUR IN A FANTASY WORLD!! LOL

647 days ago
62.

Leaky    

This guy is a loser and the show does not need him. Goodbye

647 days ago
63.

Who the Hell is Khloe    

Yeah it's so bad. The hidden BMW...come on! (I did see that eps)

647 days ago
64.

Don    

While I also disliked Dave and his the way he tried to screw everyone, at least he's honest and coming forth to let the public know what some of us knew anyway. That's the trouble with all the "reality" shows people seem to want more of today.....they really don't know or have a thought that they're mostly rigged or scripted. Wake up people.

647 days ago
65.

cindy    

I can't stand that A$$. He always overestimates the prices of his stuff from the storage. He does that on purpose to try and rub it in the others faces. he is one money hungry Bast@rd. I hope he doesn't get a penny.

647 days ago
66.

dd    

Oh good you're gone.

647 days ago
67.

Emma     

Hahaha, no shocker there!

647 days ago
68.

dan    

ALL of these so called reality shows are scripted, no matter what they are

647 days ago
69.

TOM HOLLEMAN    

HESTER IS A LOUD MOUTH JERK THAT IS A TRUE PUNK, WHIMP AND A FAT PIGLET, OK???

647 days ago
70.

It's Dave    

All "reality" television shows are scripted and staged. C'mon, everybody knows that!

647 days ago
71.

eltito    

everyone knows this show is rigged, everyone!!!!

647 days ago
72.

Howard Suzuki    

Storage War would not be the same without David Hester. You could delete the Texas Storage War program.

647 days ago
73.

charlene    

I think Dave is an ass anyways and I am glad to find out he is not on the show. He is a big cry baby. I enjoy the show.

647 days ago
74.

scott    

Hate to break it to you but most of these reality type shows are totally contrived. Lot's of plants and overly dramatic episodes that are total setups.

647 days ago
75.

Joe Aring    

Like we didn't already know. Dumbasses

647 days ago
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