On Tuesday, September 3, former “Storage Wars” star Dave Hester has won the latest round of legal battles between him and A&E. A Los Angeles judge ruled that Dave Hester can proceed with the wrongful termination lawsuit he has against A&E and the producers of the hit show “Storage Wars.”
A&E’s contention that the ex-reality star’s lawsuit interfered with “creative casting decisions and its exercise of free speech” was rejected by Judge Michael Johnson. Judge Johnson said, “It does not.”
“Plaintiff’s contract expressly states that Defendants had no obligation to use Plaintiff on the program during the term of their agreement. Plaintiff is suing to recover money and not to inject himself into the program.”
Judge Johnson went on to describe the lawsuit as an “employment dispute”. Hester is suing for the $25,000 per episode he should have received for the 26 episodes in the fourth season.
The trouble between A&E and the “Yuup” star began when Hester alleged that the show routinely “salted storage lockers” with more valuable items. He went on to claim that the show rigged the bidding and paid for a female cast member’s plastic surgery in order to add more sex appeal to the show.
David Hester insists that after he complained to “Storage Wars” producers about staging the scenes, they retaliated by firing him. David Hester is suing for $750,000 in general damages and additional punitive damages.
Hester’s attorney, Marty Singer spoke with The Hollywood Reporter about the situation. “We are looking forward to taking this case to a trial.”
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