Is Storage Wars fixed?
According to a former participant, it certainly is. David Hester filed a lawsuit last month, saying that the series has planted memorabilia, scripted interactions with cast members and that footage aired is doctored to look like auctions are taking place when they are not.
A&E has been largely silent about the allegations - until now.
"In a transparent attempt to distract from the issues -- and maximize any potential recovery -- Plaintiff's Complaint tries to convert a garden-variety breach of contract claim into a tabloid-worthy drama, in which Hester portrays himself as a crusading whistleblower," said A&E in its legal response. But setting aside the notable inconsistencies in his exaggerated self-portrait, the law does not permit such sophistry."
Furthermore, A&E says that it complained about Hester first, for "improper use of AETN's trademarks." They say that then Hester wanted to increase his compensation for Storage Wars and, following that, he made his allegations.
"Among other things, Plaintiff says that he participated in the very conduct he simultaneously claims was 'fraudulent' and 'illegal,' namely, the purported 'salting' of storage lockers with valuable items, and the 'scripting' of some portions of the reality television program," the response read.
What is your take on this?