A&E’s hit show Storage Wars, which pits buyers against one another for contents of abandoned storage lockers, is faked according to ex-star Dave Hester.
Deadline reports Hester is seeking more than $750,000 from producers for wrongful termination, breach of contract, breach of good faith and fair dealing, unfair business practices and declaratory relief.
The complaint claims, “Nearly every aspect of the series is faked, even down to the plastic surgery that one of the female cast members underwent in order to create more “sex appeal” for the show, the cost of which was paid for by Original Productions.
“Original regularly ‘salts’ the storage lockers that are the subject of the auctions portrayed on the series with valuable or unusual items to add dramatic effect, even going so far as to stage entire storage units. Original also manipulates the outcome of certain auctions by paying for storage units on behalf of the weaker cast members who lack the both the skill and financial wherewithal to place winning bids.”
Manipulation in US Reality? Who’da thunk?
Hester claims when he complained to producers that staging the storage lockers was possibly illegal, he was fired from the series.
Storage Wars airs in Australia on A&E.