Storage Wars war: A wild brawl supposedly broke out between Dave Hester and auctioneers Dan and Linda Dotson during filming of a Storage Wars episode on Friday afternoon in Palm Springs, Calif.
As a result of the Storage Wars brawl, Hester wound up going to the hospital for a tetanus shot after being allegedly scratched during the melee by Linda, who vocalizes the familiar-to-viewers catchphrase, “don’t forget to pay the lady” as each auction concludes.
Dave Hester is, of course, well known for his signature “Yuuuuup” war cry during the bidding process.
In the aftermath of the brawl when things apparently got real on the reality show, Laura unleashed a slew of profanities, presumably directed at Dave Hester. See NSFW clip embedded below.
Dan and Linda Dotson operate American Auctioneers, which handles between 2,500 and 3,000 appraisals each year, and preside over most of the auctions shown on Storage Wars.
According to TMZ, fast-talking Dan overlooked a bid from another cast member during the Friday auction, and that’s when things got ugly.
“We’re told producers asked Dave Hester to tell Dan about the mistake, but Dan initially ignored him. When Dave approached again… Dan got heated and screamed, ‘F**k you, David! I’m going to kill you!’ That’s when the melee erupted — we’re told Dave punched Dan in the face… then Dan raked Dave’s eye. Dan’s wife, Laura, jumped on Dave’s back, and then SHE got tossed through the air! Security guards eventually broke it up, and we’re told Dave immediately wanted to get back to the auction.”
Hester was apparently booted out of the auction and then went to the hospital.
Dan Dotson, who suffered a double brain aneurysm almost exactly a year ago, sent out a tweet about the Friday fisticuffs that said “We’re sorry Storage Wars fans! Violence is never the answer, it’s not OK. We were attacked & did what anyone would do. #StopBullying.”
Filming evidently was suspended for the day following the altercation.
You may recall that Dave Hester, who comes across as the show’s real or pretend “villain,” sued Storage Wars for wrongful termination in December 2012. Among other things, his lawsuit claimed that producers planted items for the reality show cast members to find in the abandoned storage units to make the show more interesting. Hester and the A&E network reached a settlement in July 2014, after which he returned to the show. Since the allegations of fakery surfaced, however, the internet has become very skeptical that Storage Wars is on the level.
For most viewers, Storage Wars has lost much of its panache since fan favorite Barry Weiss left the regular cast.
“This entire situation is so pathetic and we would not be surprised if they did this just for ratings,” Celebrity Dirty Laundry observed about the Storage Wars brawl.
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