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#1 key2thecup

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Posted 11 December 2012 - 11:45 AM

Storage Wars Sued By Its Star; Show Is Faked And Execs Were Confronted By Cast, Court Papers Charge

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“Yuuupp,” Dave Hester has filed a blockbuster lawsuit against Storage Wars, RadarOnline.com is reporting exclusively.

Hester, one of the show’s best-known personalities who is infamous for his brash “Yuuup” while bidding on storage lockers, charges that the A&E hit show is fake and fired him in retaliation days after he complained about it to network and production company executives.

Radar broke the story that the reality TV show picked up Hester’s contract option and then rescinded it for season four. Now, in the lawsuit filed by Los Angeles top attorney Marty Singer, the show is accused of illegal activity and an ongoing pattern of outrageous behavior in deceiving the public.

The suit contains numerous bombshell claims, including that that the network and producers regularly “salt” lockers with valuable items to add drama to the show, rig the bidding and even paid for a female cast member’s plastic surgery to add sex appeal!

In the five-count multi-million dollar lawsuit filed in California, Hester makes detailed and explosive allegations against the show, which the network has previously defended as 100% real and not staged.

He also says that cast members confronted executives at an in-person meeting this year and expressed theirconcern over the show being rigged.

Hester says was fired days after meeting with executives and subsequently asking to be indemnified by the show for any third party claims regarding “the authenticity of the auction process and the Series.”

In a suit that is sure to cause ripples through the show and the network, Hester charges:

  • Producers staged entire units and enlisted the cooperation of owners of storage facilities to do so.
  • The show pays for storage lockers for “weaker” cast members as part of the manipulation
  • The show plants items in lockers after having them appraised weeks in advance
  • The show obtains items to be placed in the units from a business regularly featured on air
In addition, Hester charges that interviews with cast members are scripted and scenes of biding are faked to the extent that there are no auctions taking place while cast members and members of the public are shown bidding.

But perhaps the suit’s biggest bombshell is the charge that cast members, along with Hester, met with executives this year and expressed their concerns about the show being faked.
“The truth is that Defendants regularly salt or plant the storage lockers that are the subject of the auctions portrayed on the Series with valuable or unusual items to create drama and suspense for the show,” the suit alleges.

On Sept. 6, Hester and some other cast members met with Neil Cohen, A&E’s senior vice president, talent & production to express their concerns about this alleged practice. In the meeting Hester complained “that he believed that it was illegal for Defendants to continue to salt the storage units,” the suit alleges. “The other cast members present agreed with Hester that Defendants’ conduct was inappropriate and possibly illegal.”

After that meeting Hester and the rest of cast met with Cohen, Jeff Bumgarner, the series producer, Ernest Avila, the production company’s executive vice president of business and legal affairs. The issue of “salting” units again was discussed and according to the suit, “Bumgarner got angry and didn’t want to hear anything more about salting units. 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.”

The end for Hester began on Sept. 18 when his entertainment attorney Stephen Barnes sent a letter to Avila requesting the star be indemnified by the show for any third party claims regarding “the authenticity of the auction process and the Series.”

According to the suit, “Defendants response to this request was to fire Hester from the Series.” Avila sent Hester a letter on October 1 rescinding exercise of his option for Cycle 4. “Avila’s letter cited Barnes Sept. 12 letter in which ‘Barnes had requested, among other things, that Defendants indemnify Hester,’” the suit charges.

Hester goes on to detail how the show was fixed from the beginning. He claims producers asked him to find and place his own valuable items in the lockers in Season One. Hester agreed atfirst and then complained.

The result, he charges in court, is that the other contestants’ lockers were salted by the producers, giving those contestants a competitive advantage. Hester again complained.

The show amped up its outrageous conduct in season three, the suit contends, sparking more concern from Hester.

Now he is seeking millions for breach of contract, wrongful termination in violation of public policy and three other counts.

A&E has previously refused to comment to Radar about Hester’s situation with the show.

http://www.radaronline.com/exclusives/2012/12/storage-wars-sued-dave-hester-show-faked


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Posted 11 December 2012 - 11:59 AM

I always thought it was kind of weird that so many lockers had valuable items stored in them. I mean, if you have things that are so valuable, wouldn't you pay your locker rental? Or even put them in a locker in the first place?
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Posted 11 December 2012 - 12:09 PM

NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOPE!

Saw this coming a mile away. All of these shows seem to be rigged in some way. Maybe not so much Pawn Stars, but you can just tell with the others.

Side note, the most rigged show I have ever had the displeasure of watching is Restaurant Stakeout. So incredibly bad.
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Posted 11 December 2012 - 12:11 PM

All I can say to ALL "reality" TV shows is a big, fat :picard: .. some folks will believe almost anything .. Sasquatch's, Supreme Being's, Easter Bunnies and Tooth Fairies ..
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Posted 11 December 2012 - 12:31 PM

I always figured the show was faked to some degree. What really got me was how there were always so many random people bidding on lockers and none of them would ever win, the main cast members would always get them.
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Posted 11 December 2012 - 12:37 PM

Yeah sort of odd how the items are worth thousands, yet the person doesnt bother to pay a tiny amount for the locker itself.
One episode they had $30,000 of brand new vending machines in one locker.

Hester got his fame from the show, now is turning around and suing them, tsk tsk tsk.
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Posted 11 December 2012 - 12:38 PM

File under: things smart people already knew.

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Posted 11 December 2012 - 12:41 PM

Next thing you'll hear is that WWF is staged...
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Posted 11 December 2012 - 12:42 PM

My buddy thinks all these shows are real and I laugh at him.


At the same time I have no patience for somebody who cashes in on something incredibly stupid like 'Yuuup' and thinks he has the right to sue anyone over anything creative. Go back under the rock you came from, 'Superstar.'
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Posted 11 December 2012 - 12:42 PM

I don't know why anyone would be surprised by this news as the rumours of lockers being 'salted' with goodies has been around for a long time now. As much as I dislike the Dave Hester portrayed on the show, I've never underestimated his intelligence and I guess the producers etc. just pissed him off one time too many. I can see the 'bidders' being willing to play along to a certain degree but the show producers should have known that wrongfully terminating DH would result in the badly kept secrets of Storage Wars being blown sky high.
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Posted 11 December 2012 - 12:44 PM

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Next thing you'll hear is that WWF is staged...


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Posted 11 December 2012 - 12:44 PM

I think Hester even trademarked that stupid "YUUUP" sh*t. He has it on his hats and shirts and even on his truck.
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Posted 11 December 2012 - 12:53 PM

pretty obvious that it was fake
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Posted 11 December 2012 - 12:58 PM

Duh. Is anybody really surprised by this? It's also pretty obvious not just from the items, but from some of the interviews with the cast that are so corny that it has to be scripted.
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Posted 11 December 2012 - 01:01 PM

I guess it's back to Amish shows....
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Posted 11 December 2012 - 01:06 PM

Next thing you'll hear is that WWF is staged...


IT'S STILL REAL TO ME, DAMMIT.
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Posted 11 December 2012 - 01:09 PM

NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOPE!

Saw this coming a mile away. All of these shows seem to be rigged in some way. Maybe not so much Pawn Stars, but you can just tell with the others.

Side note, the most rigged show I have ever had the displeasure of watching is Restaurant Stakeout. So incredibly bad.


You really think Rick knows all that crap about some of the things that come in? They're all rigged to an extent.
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Posted 11 December 2012 - 01:11 PM

I guess it's back to Amish shows....


They really needed to rename that show 'Faking Amish'.
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Posted 11 December 2012 - 01:25 PM

I'll tell you what's fake...

...referring to this guy as a "star".
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Posted 11 December 2012 - 01:44 PM

LMAO ! Anyone who thinks reality shows have any reality in them are just plain morons. Especially pure trash like Storage wars, omg what has this world become ?
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Posted 11 December 2012 - 01:50 PM

Who actually watches this garbage anyways?
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Posted 11 December 2012 - 01:54 PM

I assume by female cast member's plastic surgery, they mean Brandy?!

I like the show, mostly because of Barry. Although I always knew it was likely staged. I know the lockers they show on tv are the ones the tv cast members buy, so the other people in the crowd buy other lockers which aren't "salted".
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Posted 11 December 2012 - 02:30 PM

Next thing you'll hear is that WWF is staged...


I could never watch WWF because it was fake.
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Posted 11 December 2012 - 03:04 PM

You really think Rick knows all that crap about some of the things that come in? They're all rigged to an extent.


While I agree that they are all rigged to some extent, I wouldn't doubt that Rick knows as much as he does. Considering the business and the fact he grew up around it, I'm sure he knows a tonne.

The thing that's always bothered me with that show is why the hell people bring in collectables and high priced items into a Pawn Shop? I've always figured that the producers always compensate the people that bring in items to sell.

As for Storage Wars, it was pretty obvious some of it was staged. But for Dave to go in and bite the hand that made him a tonne of money, thats really weak.
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Posted 11 December 2012 - 03:13 PM

While I agree that they are all rigged to some extent, I wouldn't doubt that Rick knows as much as he does. Considering the business and the fact he grew up around it, I'm sure he knows a tonne.

The thing that's always bothered me with that show is why the hell people bring in collectables and high priced items into a Pawn Shop? I've always figured that the producers always compensate the people that bring in items to sell.

As for Storage Wars, it was pretty obvious some of it was staged. But for Dave to go in and bite the hand that made him a tonne of money, thats really weak.


Rick does know a lot about a lot. I wouldn't call it rigged. More like, 'scripted'. I heard that the people that want to be on the show will bring a certain unique item, the producers or whomever will approve and shortly after they film it. Plus, Chum plays the stupid card a lot to draw fans. He's a much brighter guy than how he is portrayed on the show.


As for Dave, well, if the show has taught us anything, it's that Dave doesn't give a ... about anyone but himself LOL

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Posted 11 December 2012 - 03:16 PM

OH MY GOD! A reality show that isn't real?!?!?! :shock:





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Posted 11 December 2012 - 04:36 PM

My wife loves this show. I tried to watch it a few times but its not really hard to see that some of the storage units were planted with gems.

She and I were discussing this today . We understand that he is suing, but he was on the show for years and never complained before. He knew it was rigged and never made a sound for years.
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Posted 11 December 2012 - 04:38 PM

Who actually watches this garbage anyways?

I'll have you know that "Storage Wars" is considered by many to be a work of reality TV genius.
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Posted 11 December 2012 - 04:39 PM

considering one of the first so called reality shows was what Survivor ? and there was nothing about reality, it was controlled the entire time by the producers,
now if they dropped 16 people with minimal supplies on a remote island and just followed them around for 30 day trying to actually survive and every week cast out the weak link, no games, no immunity, no challenges other then find your own food and shelter and try not to eat your cast members. that i would watch.





but also remember not all the news you see on tv is reality either or the whole truth ....and you think a tv show made for entertaining the masses of people with ADD is going to be true and honest.

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Posted 11 December 2012 - 04:39 PM

I'll have you know that "Storage Wars" is considered by many to be a work of reality TV genius.


Ugh... sadly I believe you.
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