‘Storage Wars’ Lawsuit: A&E Strikes Back at Claims Show Is Fake

'Storage Wars' Lawsuit: A&E Strikes Back at Claims Show Is Fake

A&E accuses fired "Storage Wars" star of concocting "a tabloid-worthy drama"

A&E says in a legal filing that former “Storage Wars” star David Hester concocted a “tabloid-worthy drama” when he claimed the series was faked.

In response to a lawsuit he filed last month in Los Angeles Superior Court, A&E said the complaint was groundless and a “transparent attempt to distract from the issues.”

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Hester alleged unfair business practices, among other claims. He said the show sometimes planted objects in the storage units that contestants bid on in hopes of finding discarded treasures.

A&E's response focused on its defense that the unfair business practices portion of Hester's complaint cannot go forward, partly because he cannot prove a probability of winning the suit. The network says he also cannot prove he suffered sustained injury.

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Hester claimed in his suit that he was fired after he complained that elements of the show were staged. His lawsuit claims that, in one instance, A&E planted a stack of newspapers reporting singer Elvis Presley's death. In another instance, Hester said, a BMW minicar was found under a pile of trash.

In Thursday's motion to strike, however, A&E says that Hester was let go after the network complained that he improperly used its trademarks, and after Hester attempted to renegotiate his contract.

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Now, A&E says, Hester is trying to obscure the facts by painting himself as a crusader for truth.

“In a transparent attempt to distract from the issues — and maximize any potential recovery — Plaintiff's complaint tries to convert a garden-variety breach of contract claim into a tabloid-worthy drama, in which Hester portrays himself as a crusading whistleblower,” the response reads.

A&E also claims Hester is no victim, but in fact took part in “salting” storage units with valuable items.

The network is also seeking compensation from Hester for its attorneys’ fees and court costs.

In his suit, Hester claims to have suffered more than $750,000 in damages from what he claims was his wrongful firing.

Hester's attorney has not yet responded to TheWrap's request for comment.

Pamela Chelin contributed to this report.

  • Jim

    I think Hesters business was going down the tubes and most people just did not like his I am better than you attitude and he was just trying to get some money and publicity. So what if there were planted items “ITS A TV SHOW MEANT TO ENTERTAIN”

    • gazzzmann

      YUP I stopped watching the show His Yuppss were very annoying He's a looser in more ways than one

  • marine61

    it is a stupid *** show it seems producers cannot come up with worthwhile shows so they have these stupid reality crap most do not give a damn about please give us something worth viewing we would rather watch a good movie not some rigged bull****

  • Lisa Williams

    It has always been obvious to the viewers, if they have any common sense whatsoever, that the units that they bid on have been “salted” as they called it in the response to the lawsuit. Nobody in their right minds would just leave behind in storage items of such value and either forget about them or not pay the storage fees and have the items auctioned off for sometimes just pennies on the dollar. I'm not going to leave diamond rings in a storage locker, either. Take the show for what it is – entertainment, but don't take it at face value or you'll be sorely disappointed.