Dave Hester, ex-Costa Mesa Thrift-Store Mogul, Sues TV's "Fake" Storage Wars for Firing Him

Categories: Court, TV
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Dave Hester points finger.
During a recent Nerdist podcast interview, Tom Hanks went on and on about how A&E's Storage Wars is his favorite reality TV show.

Actually, the Academy Award-winning actor should refer to Storage Wars as his favorite fictional program, according to a lawsuit filed by Dave Hester, an original cast member and proprietor of the now shuttered Newport Consignment Gallery & Rags to Riches thrift store in Costa Mesa.

Filed in Los Angeles County Superior Court against A&E, Storage Wars producer Original Productions, LLC and 10 named people, Hester's multi-million dollar lawsuit claims that when he complained about staged portions of the show being phony, he was fired.

The cable network, which originally denied the existence of the suit because it had not seen one, is so far withholding comment.

For those who have missed Storage Wars, it follows in-the-know buyers who turn up at auctions storage unit providers hold after renters fail to make payments for three straight months. Bidding begins after a metal door is opened, but other than the junk/treasures visible from outside, the entire contents remain a mystery.

But they are not all a mystery, according to Hester's suit, which accuses producers of planting valuable items to up the drama. The Northern California native also claims in court documents that bidding was rigged as was a female cast member, who allegedly received cosmetic surgery from producers to make her more appealing to viewers.

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"The Mogul" Dave Hester
Known locally for years as "The Mogul" at his thrift store that faced Newport Boulevard just north of 19th Street in Costa Mesa--it's the site of the tiki-rific Newport Surf shop these days--Hester has been involved in another legal tussle over his former role on Storage Wars. Attorneys for rapper/singer Trey Songz sent Hester a cease-and-desist ordering him to stop using his catchphrase, "YUUUP!"

That was the call Hester used when he made bids on Storage Wars. But, according to Songz, he and his audience used it before that during call-and-response portions of his concerts. The deal is, Hester and Songz were using the same spelling and exclamation mark on hats and clothing their were retailing.

Hester sued Songz in November 2011, alleging the rapper's "animal-like and non-human squeal" interfered with the junk collector's use of "YUUUP!," which he was trying to trademark. Songz counter-sued Hester last April, and the two sides settled before a New York judge in June without disclosing the terms of their agreement.

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22 comments
truckrookie
truckrookie

Barry Weiss it's funny You have to admit it


narrownosepete
narrownosepete

its so fake - the gold, diamonds , guns and money were the draw and later it was the people and now its becoming boring like lizard lick towing - go to your local tow company and walk right  into the office and try to get near someone there inside the office ,ha ha never happen . the problem with these shows is that when the studio starts playing up what would be a good show starts fiddling with outcome it shows as people know that life is random and isn't always great but that is the way it should be -

hogi1
hogi1

A broken dish? That's a $29 bill right there.  

Mayling Tate
Mayling Tate

Sounds like a disgruntled idiot looking for a handout since he's now broke!!! Yuuuuuup!!

Andrew Nava
Andrew Nava

he can get a job working at....waaaait for it......THE SLIDEBAR!!ha!

Danny Fresco De Ulloa
Danny Fresco De Ulloa

I saw this idiot at the airport .... He had a stupid yup hat on and was walking around so people would recognize him... It was kinda sad ... No one gave a f about his ass

Jerry Kasai
Jerry Kasai

You mean reality TV isn't staged? If I could go back in time to change one thing, I would stop the TV writers from striking. Maybe we would have less crap on TV than we do now. And maybe the Discovery Channel and the Learning Channel would be about educating people and MTV would actually stand for MUSIC television. OMG who is excited for Amish Mafia. WTF, mate?

jmcguinness
jmcguinness

Anybody watching Storage Wars knows that the most fake thing about the show is the ridiculous prices they say they are going to realize for the mostly junky items they find. I was at an auction in Santa Ana that sold off a bunch of stuff that sold off a bunch of stuff (surfboards and desks) Darrell bought in Northern Cal for about 10 percent  of the amount they said it was worth.

QstionEvythng
QstionEvythng

@KMA966 Everyone's aware that KMA966 is nothing but a big old bigot and anti-Semite, right?

mtbdude
mtbdude

@jmcguinness Bingo.  Pus, I think Dave is suing for 5 million dollars because he's going broke and needs a quick buck.

Dweezle
Dweezle

@mtbdude @jmcguinness Nothing at all quick about any court case. He may be suing for 5 Mil hoping to collect a quick settlement for 100k...

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