We heard the rumblings about Dave Hester parting company with A&E and its production company responsible for the popular show Storage Wars.
It's now official and there are filed court papers to prove it. Link to court documents posted below.
The return of a new season of Storage Wars will close the door on the Dave Hester chapter, unless a settlement is reached and the parties can kiss and make up.
It's hard to fathom since like the ugly litigation about "Two and a Half Men", involving Charlie Sheen, CBS and Chuck Lorre this lawsuit of Hester's is just plain nasty.
Hester is represented by the very well known and powerful law firm of Lavely & Singer, and his lead attorney is none other than Marty Singer, attorney to the stars.
A small list of Singer's clients care of Abovethelaw.com: Charlie Sheen, Jeremy Piven, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Senator Harry Reid, Quentin Tarantino, and Sylvester Stallone.
Above The Law reported on a N.Y. Times story about Singer which gives you a glimpse into why stars use him.
"[...n]othing gets Mr. Singer going like a whiff of defamation," with Singer's motto being “...kill, or at least maim, unflattering stories that have yet to surface.”
This time, it's not prevention of a story going public that would embarrass a star.
It's a straight-out suit for damages after what Hester, through Singer, claims was a wrongful termination and retaliation on the part of the defendants for Hester's complaints about what he calls, "...fraud on the public and its television audience."
Fans of Storage Wars on A&E have been defrauded because of what Hester says are items planted in storage lockers and other shenanigans.
No word yet on whether Barry Weiss, Brandi and Jarrod, or Darrell Sheets and son Brandon agree with Hester's viewpoint.
We do know that auctioneer Dan Dotson vehemently denies it all. TMZ quoted him as saying, "We only sell legitimate units on Storage Wars. Every unit goes through a 64-day legal process and no one has access to units prior to auction.”
Hester must think his settlement or judgement in the case will take the place of what he got from the show. What do you think his chances are of getting rich that way?
Did you know about Hester prior to Storage Wars and do you care now that he is off the show? Comment section is open.
Link to court papers, here.
Meanwhile, new episodes of Storage Wars air tonight on A&E starting at 9:00 p.m. ET. Dave is listed as appearing.....not for long it looks like. Image: A&E