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'Storage Wars' selling the public a fraud, says Hester lawsuit

Dave HesterYUUUP! According to a lawsuit filed on Tuesday by Storage Wars star David Hester, the popular A&E reality series is as fixed, phony, and fraudulent as they come.

In the complaint against Original Productions and A&E Television Networks, Hester alleges that the Communications Act of 1934 has been violated, "which makes it illegal for broadcasters to rig a contest of intellectual skill with the intent to deceive the viewing public." Drawing consistently high TV ratings since its premiere in 2010, Storage Wars follows a cast of characters who participate in auctions for abandoned storage lockers, hoping to strike gold amongst the old mattresses and cheap endtables. Inevitably, one of the buyers discovers a rare antique or valuable collectible that ends up covering the cost of the locker while the other competitors bust out or break even. Portrayed as the villain of the show, Hester claims that every aspect of Storage Wars is manufactured, from the scripted interviews to the plastic surgery that "one of the female cast members" underwent, paid for by the producers to "create more 'sex appeal'" (as if they could get any sexier than Darrell, am I right?).

Outcomes are also manufactured, as Hester—the owner of a successful consignment business and an auction veteran of over 26 years—says that Original financially assists the weaker competitors to increase the drama. His most damning charge is that the producers regularly "salt" the lockers with valuable or unusual items, naming in particular a BMW mini car and a stack of old newspapers announcing the death of Elvis Presley, and sometimes stage the entire contents of a locker for dramatic effect. Hester admits that he originally provided the producers with items from his own warehouse, but subsequently halted this practice on moral grounds after the first season. The result was that items acquired from an antiques business were still planted in the other competitors' lockers, making them appear to be more skillful bidders than the experienced Hester, described as "The Mogul" on the show. Although A&E had informed Hester that they would be renewing his contract for the next cycle of Storage Wars, he was terminated after addressing these fraudulent accusations in a meeting with producers and cast. Represented by attorney Marty Singer, Hester has requested a jury trial and is seeking in excess of $3.75 million in damages for wrongful termination, breach of contract, breach of good faith, unfair business practices, and declaratory relief.

Brandi PassanteFor a while there, every other weekend was a Storage Wars marathon on A&E, so it was hard to miss and I started watching it whenever it was on. As a formerly faithful viewer, this lawsuit confirms every feeling I had that caused me to stop watching. It all felt so artificial that it turned me off of the show. I do find the plastic surgery accusation funny, because as far as I know there's only one regular female cast member and she does indeed have somewhat of an... "augmented" appearance.

How do you feel about Storage Wars? Does this lawsuit have any merit?


Details
Network:
- A&E
Show:
- Storage Wars
Person:
- Dave Hester

Written by: Chrononaut
Dec 11th, 2012, 6:41 am

Anonymous

Message Posted On Oct 22nd, 2013, 6:49 am
I felt this show was fixed for some time now. Barry seems to go out on a limb and overspends on total crap. In real life he'd be bankrupt. The effeminate twins who have been brought in to replace Hester, had their own gallery and the buyers went to them for their expertise. Now from running an upmarket gallery, they too are now out buying crap. It just doesn't add up. Only worth watching for the delicious Brandy.
ETHIOPIAN1987

Message Posted On Dec 17th, 2012, 3:57 pm
I know the jersey shore is scripted and the situation is the writer and an ex investment banker. Pawn stars has had a 1960 Les Paul Custom guitar that belonged to a local shop in the area that was still for sale on their website. The pictures match perfectly. so who knows if it is all real. even dog the bounty hunter is staged as he apparently got a lifetime ban in Hawaii for bounty hunting but was back in Hawaii after about 2 seasons. I think that if the show is entertaining and always full of action it is either a sports show or some MMA show. If a tv show has to much action and is not either of these then it is more than likely faked.
Schteveo

Message Posted On Dec 13th, 2012, 11:12 am
Hester is a loud mouth jerk. He brags and talks a bunch of smack, but acts like a spoiled 8 y/o. Here's hoping he gets cut permanently so we don't have to hear YUUUUP from his mewling maw ever again. ________________________________________ Anon-A, if you don't care about this stuff, why WEIGH in? Go comment on NPR News if you're looking for actual 'reality'. You must be related to Dave Hester, blow hard brothers or some such.
Anonymous

Message Posted On Dec 12th, 2012, 3:57 am
Good riddence this show sucked anyways
Anonymous-A

Message Posted On Dec 11th, 2012, 6:25 pm
LOL, you have to be a moron to waste your life on something as fake and stupid as "reality" shows. Surprise - they are ALL scripted! Oops, the secret is out. Lets hope this is the end for the "reality" show era in TV for good.
Anonymous

Message Posted On Dec 11th, 2012, 12:22 pm
Hester is so full of it. He is angry that the other people are making a living instead of just rolling over and kissing his feet. This is just a stunt by him to make people feel for him. Poor Davey……
Anonymous

Message Posted On Dec 11th, 2012, 10:11 am
Hester is a lying, self-important, self-promoting, self-indulgent, egotistical, little bandy turd frog and anything, I mean ANYTHING, that comes out of his pie hole is extremely suspect! FOAD, Hester!!!
Anonymous

Message Posted On Dec 11th, 2012, 9:42 am
Reality TV isn't real? Shocking.
Anonymous

Message Posted On Dec 11th, 2012, 9:03 am
Hester's problem is that he feels he's the best and he really isn't and his attack is against Brandi and her husband. But the show will go on Look he began providing the show with material, and now vex cause they using'material on their own Let that burn him
foo

Level 1 (69%)
Since: 09/Mar/09
Message Posted On Dec 11th, 2012, 7:23 am

Awww...too bad. Welp, there goes that show.

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