One of the stars of the hit A&E reality show “Storage Wars” has filed a lawsuit against the show, alleging that it is rigged, TMZ.com reports.
Dave Hester — known for his “Yup!” bidding call — filed the lawsuit, alleging that the show “is deceiving viewers by making it seem contestants are bidding on unseen items, when the best goods are actually planted inside,” TMZ reports.
Hester, who is now a former star of the show, says he was booted off the show after he griped to producers about the alleged rigging, the piece reports.
“Hester claims in one case producers planted a BMW mini car under a pile of trash,” TMZ reports. “In another case, Hester alleges producers planted a pile of old newspapers that announced the death of Elvis. For some reason, that’s a valuable commodity.”
Hester also reportedly accuses the show of helping “less than photogenic cast members” pay for plastic surgery to "create more sex appeal,” TMZ reports.
“But Dan Dotson — the guy behind the show’s auction company — disagrees, telling TMZ, every unit seen on the show is legit and has a seal on it before they open it … making it impossible for A&E to tamper with the units before filming begins,” the piece notes.
Dotson adds: “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.”