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David Hester, a former star of A&E’s hit reality series Storage Wars, is claiming in a lawsuit that the show is completely rigged.
According to Radar Online, the lawsuit comes after Hester, who is known of the show for his “Yuuup” phrase while he bids on storage lockers, was fired after he complained to the network and the producers about the staging of events in the show. Hester had his contract option for season four picked up, but then A&E rescinded its decision.
Hester hired top attorney Marty Singer to represent him and filed a suit against A&E for deceiving the public. He is also suing them for wrongful termination.
In the suit, Hester lists several instances of the producers rigging the show by placing hot items in the storage lockers, just to make sure that every locker in the show is filled with drama. TMZ reports that he cites a moment when they put a BMW mini car under trash and another instance where they planted piles of newspapers that covered Elvis Presley’s death.
He also claims that the producers paid for a female cast member's plastic surgery to “create more sex appeal.”
Hester claims that on Sept. 6, he and the other cast members met with A&E to express his concerns and the other cast members agreed. They also met with series producer Jeff Bumgarner and Ernest Avila, the production company’s executive vice president, about “salting,” which was the practice of adding these items to the lockers.
“Bumgarner got angry and didn’t want to hear anything more about salting units,” the suit states, according to Radar. “Cohen admitted he was aware of the salting issue but didn’t know the extent, as described by Hester. Avila identified two AETN executive who he indicated knew the scope of the salting issue and who had been aware that the storage units were salted from the beginning of the series.”
While a rep for A&E refused to comment, Dan Dotson, who runs the auction company featured in the show, told TMZ that the show is completely legit.
“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,” Dotson told the site.