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Ex-'Storage Wars' star: Show is fake

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  • Former cast member of 'Storage Wars' is suing A&E TV Networks
  • David Hester claims the network and production company staged storage auctions
Dave Hester of "Storage Wars" is suing A&E Networks, alleging the show is fake.

If you already question how real reality TV really is, a lawsuit filed Tuesday by a former cast member of A&E's "Storage Wars" may make you wonder even more.

David Hester is suing A&E Television Networks and Original Productions, the production company behind the show about auctions of abandoned storage lockers.

The lawsuit alleges A&E fired Hester after he complained that "A&E's fraudulent conduct of salting and staging the storage lockers was possibly illegal." He seeks at least $750,000 in "lost compensation."

"A&E has committed a fraud on the public and its television audience in violation of the Communications Act of 1934, which makes it illegal for broadcasters to rig a contest of intellectual skill with the intent to deceive the viewing public," the lawsuit says.

HLN has reached out to A&E and Original Productions for a comment on these accusations, but has not heard back.

"Nearly every aspect of the series is faked," The suit goes on to say. "Even down to the plastic surgery that one of the female case members underwent in order to create more 'sex appeal' for the show, the cost of which was paid for by Original. 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 … both the skill and financial wherewithal to place winning bids."

READ FOR YOURSELF: Hester's lawsuit against A&E and Original Productions

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