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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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91.

jessup    

The producers need to plant some good stuff.
All I see is garbage ! The Mogul David Hester went from a large store to a 2 thousand square foot locker.

648 days ago
92.

Stephen    

Love the Hester and I will not watch with him not there. It would be nice if someone could make a real show. Cool thing is down the road we can see Brandy divorced and stripping again with her new makeover from the show

648 days ago
93.

Bud Short    

I believe it... Storage wars is rigged - The Kardashians have a script writer (a really bad script writer) and professional wrestling is fixed.

648 days ago
94.

jamie73    

Dave is just bitter he got tossed, sad sad sad

648 days ago
95.

Shir    

Really, is this suppose to be a surprise.. Come on Hester, viewers just got sick of your bully tatics

648 days ago
96.

Yup    

I'm truly surprised some enterprising lawyer hasn't sued reality TV production companies & producers for being phony & perpetrating a fraud on the American people.

648 days ago
97.

corey    

Its funny how he complains about the elvis newspapers when he was the one who won that storage locker. Does anybody even like Dave Hester and his yup. I think the show will be better off without the puke.

648 days ago
98.

jerome    

All of these mindless reality shows from American Idol to any other of these other shows are all rigged. What is really sad is that the viewers of these garbage shows are no better then the fans of pro wrestling who think that junk is real.

648 days ago
99.

Bubba    

Of course the show is fake! You think in real life Brandi would even look at Jarrod, let alone marry him?

648 days ago
100.

btc909    

The bowling pinsetter on Auction Hunters was planted. The former employees (storage company has changed owners) knew that pinsetter wasn't in the storage unit before it was shown on the show.

648 days ago
101.

Craig C Chen    

As an actor, I can tell you it is. I seen casting notices for the show all the time. They always looking for actors for the show.

648 days ago
102.

John    

Its pretty well known Hester has huge money issues and is pretty much broke...

Also under California Law all units have to remained sealed till they are open for auction.... even the owners of the mini storage can go in before hand..

I been doing this for 15 years and I will say its very clear they tape 100's of units a year and pick the best ones...

its also clear they retape some auctions after they have already sold...

The amounts that Hester claims stuff is worth is a joke... he over inflates everything

648 days ago
103.

O-Dog2GX    

He probably got played by at the auctions too many times then read the deals. Better hope A&E messed up the fine lines there Dave

648 days ago
104.

jacksonfive210    

I'm sure he probably signed a non disclosure agreement from the show that's probably still in effect even if he was fired so he could even get countersued.

648 days ago
105.

Lou    

No duh. When only 4 people bid such high bids, of course it's rigged. I watch all the episodes, you sooner of later get the picture.

648 days ago
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