Dave Hester will be paying a lot more to A&E and Original then most people would care to wager on a storage locker.
On Friday a judge ordered the former Storage Wars cast member to pay $122,692 to the defendants in his lawsuit stemming from problems on the reality show.
Hester claims he was fired from the show after charging that the showrunners seeded the storage containers with high value items and made him look unknowledgeable, causing a drop in business with his store, according to The Hollywood Reporter. A&E, on the other hand, claims Hester was unhappy with contract negotiations.
"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," A&E said, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
The companies had filled an anti-SLAPP motion in order to have parts of Hester's justifications thrown if they treaded on the companies First Amendment free speech rights, according to The Wrap.
Since A&E and Original won the anti-SLAPP motion, Hester is now required to pay the companies legal fees.