Storage Wars Lawsuit: David Hester Claims Show is Fake, Fired Him Out of Spite

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A blockbuster lawsuit against Storage Wars has been filed by David Hester, one of its best-known figures, alleging that the A&E hit is fake and fired him out of spite.

The show reportedly picked up Hester’s contract option, then rescinded it for Season 4 after he raised a series of complaints to the network and producers.

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Now, in his Storage Wars lawsuit, Hester accuses the show of illegal activity and an ongoing pattern of outrageous behavior in deceiving the public.

The suit contains many bombshell claims, including that that the network and producers regularly “salt” lockers with valuables to add drama to the show.

They also rig the bidding and even paid for a female cast member’s plastic surgery to add sex appeal, according to Hester, who seeks millions in damages.

Seriously? In a word ... yuuuuuuuuuup!

He says cast members confronted execs at an in-person meeting this year about the show being rigged, then found himself fired and indemnified days later.

How is Storage Wars supposedly fake? Specifically, he alleges:

  • Producers staged entire units and enlists cooperation of owners of storage facilities
  • The show pays for 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 on air

In addition, Hester alleges that interviews are scripted and that scenes of bidding are faked to the extent that there NO auctions shown are open to the public.

Perhaps the suit’s biggest claim, however, is that the cast members, along with Hester, raised concerns about the bullet points above and were dismissed.


i think it is awesome Hester is gone. The show can only be better because of it. Wise move on the networks part.


I was so happy to learn that hester is gone, forgot to add how fun brandi & jarrod are; also, darrell (Mr. Malaprop *-*) and his son - and of course, Barry. It's fun entertainment and the only reality show I watch - plus sometimes educational re antiques.


THRILLED to read that hester will not be back. He has to be the nastiest piece of work - EVER! The other people on the show are fun but hester is downright meanspirited. Good riddance!


I work in the business....lockers are "salted"
experts are "scripted"
auctions are staged with extras playing bidders


If A&E's Storage Wars is fake, then I think that that David Hester dude knew it was fake all along and went along with it for a while until he got tired of it (or whatever). If that's the case, then that makes him a hypocrite. Jackass.

Kellie m

So what he is saying is that the reality show has no reality? Now that is just unheard of!!


Of course the lockers are staged, they open the lockers and inspect them for any Illegal items, or Personally Identifiable Information. It may hurt ratings to find dead bodies in a unit, or drug paraphernalia. I have heard many hours of footage is short to get a 30min show.


Rick Yemm of Ice Road Truckers is saying his Thom Beers show is all fake too.


And Hester leave's with nothing.


couldnt happen to a nicer phuck face now i can watch the show again man he sux good phucking riddence

Kellie m
@ hoss

You do realize that shows like that rid you of brain cells right?

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