Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Oh My God Dept: Reality TV is Faked?

By David Perel: "Yuuupp,” Dave Hester has filed a blockbuster lawsuit against Storage Wars, is reporting. Hester, one of the show’s best-known personalities, 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. The reality TV show picked up Hester’s contract option and then rescinded it for season four. Now, in the lawsuit, 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 their concern over the show being rigged. Hester says he 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.” 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.
Interviews with cast members are scripted and scenes of bidding are faked to the extent that there are no auctions taking place while cast members and members of the public are shown bidding. “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". Hester goes on to detail how the show was fixed from the beginning. Now he is seeking millions for breach of contract, wrongful termination in violation of public policy and three other counts."