Discovery Channel’s Sons of Guns, a reality show based around the antics of the staff of Red Jacket Firearms, has been cancelled after the show’s leader character, Will Hayden, was arrested and charged with the rape of a minor.
“Sons of Guns” star Will Hayden has been arrested again, this time for aggravated rape, according to documents sent to FOX411 by the East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office.
The allegations have prompted the cancellation of his Discovery Channel series.
“Given the serious and horrific nature of the charges against Will Hayden, we have decided to halt further production of ‘Sons of Guns’ and cancel the series,” the network said in a statement.
Hayden is accused of raping a minor “almost daily” since March 2013 and taking her virginity when she was 11 years old. TMZ reports the girl is Hayden’s daughter.
During an interview with detectives, the alleged victim said she did not report the sexual abuse because she was afraid Hayden would hurt her. The most recent abuse of the now-12-year-old girl occurred during July 2014, according to the documents.
Red Jacket Firearms has responded to the charges by posting a notice on their website that they are separating themselves from Hayden.
Red Jacket Firearms LLC. has initiated and received full legal separation as an entity, from William M. Hayden.
With heavy hearts, we will be continuing to operate and ensure the fulfillment of new customer orders, back orders and to provide support to those affected by these new developments. WE are the Heart and Soul of Red Jacket and will remain steadfast in our committment to quality and our customers, for years to come.
Update: A poetic Facebook post from Hayden’s son-in-law Kristafor Ford suggests that his wife, Hayden’s older daughter Stephanie Hayden Ford, was also molested by Will Hayden. She had previously denied these allegations.
Ford’s Facebook post is replicated on the following page.