Sons of Guns reality television star Stephanie Hayden Ford appeared in an interview with psychologist and television personality Dr. Phil McGraw yesterday, addressing the allegations of rape that landed her father, Will Hayden, in jail.
Stephanie Hayden Ford says the first allegations of her father committing child molestation became public when an ex-employee saw her father inappropriately kissing a girl on her dress in early August. That ex-employee is described as a “family friend” and went to authorities in East Baton Rouge Parish. Will Hayden immediately denied those claims, saying the ex-employee was a bitter girlfriend. He was, however, booked Aug. 8 in East Baton Rouge Parish Prison on a charge of child molestation
Initially, Stephanie Hayden Ford said she supported her father and denied the allegations.
She made the following statement on Facebook
“Guys the show is NOT cancelled! We so appreciate the outcry of injustice but its not true, I guess some ppl just need ratings lol! We are on a hold with filming while my family takes care of a few things. You guys are the best fans ever & we love you so much! Thank u for standing strong with us!”
Stephanie said her father asked her to make that statement. After hearing stories from the alleged victim, Stephanie said it was difficult not to believe her.
“I believe there are other victims,” Stephanie told Dr. Phil. She says a family member and a friend were assaulted by her father.
“He spent his life manipulating people and hurting people,” Stephanie said of her father on Dr. Phil’s show.
If there is any bright side to the accusations Hayden Ford made during her appearance, it must be that her personal ordeal was a limited, one-time assault, and not chronic and ritualized abuse. Between Hayden Ford’s comments during her interview and Red Jacket Firearms owner Joe Meaux’s comments yesterday, a picture is emerging of Will Hayden that is far from flattering.
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