The snarky character axed from the A&E reality show “Storage Wars” — and who now filed a bombshell lawsuit claiming the show is rigged — has always been a trouble maker, production sources claim.
“He was always demanding more this and that and whined that things were rigged when he was outbid,” a show source said of David Hester, who sued the show and A&E Tuesday, alleging the entire series is a fraud.
“The only thing new here is that he’s suing,” the source said.
On the show, a group of professional “buyers” gather at storage locker auctions — held when tenants do not pay their rent — to bid on the contents of each locker without knowing what’s inside.
Sometimes, the winning buyers find worthless junk, but sometimes, they strike gold, unearthing pricey antiques.
Then they try to sell what they’ve found for a profit.
“The truth is that (producers) regularly salt or plant the storage lockers that are the subject of the auctions portrayed on the series with valuable or unusual items to create drama and suspense for the show,” alleges the suit, filed Tuesday by Hester’s Hollywood powerhouse lawyer, Marty Singer.
Meanwhile, Radar reports that Hester’s case will be bolstered by a trail of emails and receipts the should help prove that the show routinely faked scenes, sources close to the situation claim.
In his lawsuit Hester — who goes by the moniker, “The Mogul” and is known for bidding out loud with a brash “Yuuup” — makes a number of other claims, such as that producers asked him to find and place his own valuable items in lockers during the first season.
“I have never seen the producers do anything like what he’s been describing,” another show insider told the Daily News.
Despite accusations of rigging in the past, A&E has maintained that the show is not a fraud.
Network officials declined to comment Wednesday.
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