A former star on A&E’s popular reality television show, Storage Wars, has filed a wrongful termination lawsuit, according to USA Today. Dave Hester claims he was terminated after he complained to producers about the reality show being staged, and he was subsequently terminated. Storage Wars documents the auctioning of items stored at facilities after the owners are delinquent on their bill.
Hester was regularly premiered on the show bidding on the items throughout Southern California. He contends he complained to producers about some of the items featured on the show being planted and staged, particularly valuable items. In one episode, a small luxury automobile was “buried” under a pile of trash in a storage facility. Hester claimed he was “not comfortable participating in this charade.”
A&E did not comment on the case. Hester is seeking $750,000 in damages.
“A&E has committed a fraud on the public and its television audience in violation of the Communications Act of 1934 which makes it illegal for broadcasters to rig a contest of intellectual skill with the intent to deceive the viewing public,” the lawsuit reads. “A&E regularly plants valuable items or memorabilia…and so far as to stage entire storage units.”
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