'Storage Wars' Reality Show Might Distort the Truth

Former star claims producers faked scenes of popular TV show.
2:24 | 12/14/12

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4 million people who watch one of the most popular reality shows on television might be getting fooled. The show is "storage wars," where people bid on supposedly secret contents of abandoned lockers. But now, a former star says the show is not as it seems and we wondered if other shows could be fooling everyone, too. Abc's dan harris reads the fine print. Reporter: In "storage wars," people bid on auctions of abandoned storage lockers with dreams of finding valuable items, they can re-sell. But now, a star storage warrior, david hester, known on the show as "the mogul" has filed a lawsuit alleging a&e, which airs the show, "has committed a fraud on the public." Hester says the producers "regularly salt or plant the storage lockers with valuable or unusual items to create drama and suspense." He poipecific examples such as this car, found under a pile of trash. Whoa! It's a bmw. Reporter: A&e, which is half-owned by disney, the parent company of abc, told us today they won't comment on the pending lawsuit. But one of the shows producers did say this recently. I can honestly tell you that the stuff found in those containers are found in storage containers. Reporter: Although he did admit they sometime move items from one storage locker to another. This is not the first time the level of reality in reality tv has been questioned. Recently, a former participant on hgtv's "house hunters," which follows families choosing a new, home said producers knew that she and her husband had already purchased their new home before they taped the show in 2006. It felt like we just had a few days to scrounge up some houses to look at, and it was our responsibility to find the houses. Reporter: In a statemen hgtv said, "we aren't showing a documentary, we're simply entertaining our viewers." IN THE 1950s, CONTESTANTS ON Game shows were secretly given the answers. Congress held hearings and made it illegal to rig quiz shows. No one alleges the level of fixing on today's reality shows and experts we spoke to don't think the producers of "storage wars" aren't in criminal trouble. I don't see this as a contest with a prize. Reporter: But there is still the court of public opinion. If enough people believe the mogul is telling the truth, the audience could hunt elsewhere for its vie care yus thrills. Dan harris, abc news, new york.

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