‘Storage Wars’ Lawsuit Win For A&E; David Hester Claims Show was Rigged, VIDEO
on Mar 14, 2013 12:08 PM EDT
In Tuesday's hearing involving Storage Wars star David Hester, Los Angeles Superior Court judge Michael Johnson "tossed out" claims of unfair business practices.
Hester filed a lawsuit against A&E in December claiming that he was wrongfully terminated from the series and that the show was rigged, according to Today. The judge now demands that he be more specific about the wrongful termination.
In Storage Wars, Hester and other professional buyers purchase abandoned storage lockers and compete to make the most money based off of the contents inside.
Hester alleged in his suit, "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."
He claimed A&E planted memorabilia in the storage lockers, one example being a newspaper that announced the death of icon Elvis Presley. Hester also said he was fired after allegedly complaining to producers that A&E's "fraudulent conduct of salting and staging the storage lockers was possibly illegal."
A&E motioned for anti-SLAPP, or strategic lawsuit against public participation. Judge Johnson said Hester's claim, "arises entirely out of non-commercial conduct concerning the production and broadcast of an expressive work," according to The Hollywood Gossip.
See Hester's complaint here, courtesy of The Hollywood Reporter.
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