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The stars of the History Channel’s hit show Pawn Stars are involved in a lawsuit involving allegedly being misled by the network’s executives into signing with a rival agent.
Talent agency Venture IAB Inc is suing A&E Television Networks (which owns History) over an alleged $5 million in lost commissions when it comes to stars Richard B. Harrison, Richard K. Harrison, Richard C. Harrison and Austen Russell.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the Pawn Stars stars signed a contract with Venture in 2007, but in 2010, less than a year after the show premiered, they claim History executive Nancy Dubuc and development and programming vice president Mary Donahue “interfered” with that and coerced them into terminating that contract.
Venture states in the lawsuit that they did it "so that Dubuc's and Donahue's friend and agent, Michael Camacho of UTA, could take over" as their agent instead.
As a result, the lawsuit states they have “lost millions of dollars of income.”
The LA Times reports that a rep for the network hasn’t responded for a comment.
Also, the lawsuit came out after the same day that former Storage Wars star Dave Hester filed a lawsuit claiming the show was staged.