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Allegations of Rigging On Storage Wars

Vexatious employees also occur on reality TV shows, and David Heston, former star, on Storage Wars has filed a lawsuit saying the show is rigged.

He alleges objects are planted in the storage containers. No surprise the auction company behind the show is denying it.

TMZ reports:

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.”

Storage Wars is screened regularly on A&E TV.

4 comments

1 brain dead dave { 12.12.12 at 9:32 pm }

Elvis isn’t dead. He’s on the edge of reality.

2 Reality Raver { 12.12.12 at 9:40 pm }

If Elvis was alive today he would definitely have been a judge on a reality show.

3 brain dead dave { 12.12.12 at 9:55 pm }

He’s the most recognized face on the planet, apparently. I think that The Voice, XFactor, Idol etc all dream of uncovering the likes of a celebrity like Elvis.

Edge Of Reality is my favourite Elvis tune.

Elvis trinkets and memorabilia hold their value really well, I understand.

I hear it’s bad luck for a marriage to have his stuff sung at the wedding, though.

4 gidgetvonlarue { 12.14.12 at 12:24 am }

Always knew this show was ‘set up’ – it’s so silly it’s crazy. Most of these shows are set up or have set up situtions sadly. ‘Created drama’ so to speak. I’m a practical mind and you have to think ‘why if I have good stuff in my locker, would I leave it there, rather than take it out to at least pay for my locker?!?!”
I can’t watch that show anymore. I watch American Pickers and who knows, maybe even that is slightly set up. I don’t trust reality shows anymore.