Discovery Channel Cancels 'Sons Of Guns' In Wake Of Will Hayden's Arrest For Allegedly Raping His Daughter
Will Hayden’s arrest for allegedly raping his 12-year-old daughter has caused Discovery Channel to cancel Hayden’s reality series, Sons of Guns.
Discovery Channel Cancels Sons of Guns
Hayden was first arrested on Aug. 9 for alleged child molestation and was released after posting $150,000 bond. On Wednesday, Aug. 27, Hayden was arrested and booked on charges that he had been repeatedly raping his 12-year-old daughter since she was 11. In light of these new charges, Discovery Channel halted production on Sons of Guns and abruptly canceled the 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,” Discovery said in a statement.
In fact, Discovery has done its best to erase Sons of Guns completely, taking down any official videos from their affiliated websites and removing any social media accounts officially tied to the show.
Red Jacket Firearms, the custom weapons business started by Hayden that was the focus of Sons of Guns, has followed suit. On their website, the firearms business claims to have legally cut all ties with Hayden following his second arrest.
“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 commitment to quality and our customers, for years to come,” reads their official statement.
Will Hayden Accused Of Raping Young Daughter
According to court documents, Hayden is accused of raping his youngest daughter, forcefully taking her virginity when she was just 11 in March 2013, and of repeatedly raping her vaginally and orally almost daily ever since. The alleged victim claims that she received “threats of physical abuse from the Defendant.” More specifically, Hayden allegedly told her, “Don’t tell them nothing, because I’m all you got.”
Will Hayden Denied Molestation Charges
After his first arrest on molestation charges, Hayden told TMZ that the charges were the result of a bitter ex, the mother to his younger daughter, who is still angry with him for ending their relationship. Hayden, who is currently married, is raising their daughter with his new wife, and the court documents regarding the molestation charge were sealed.
Furthermore, his eldest daughter, Stephanie Hayden, who starred in Sons of Guns alongside her father, defended her father after those initial charges, saying, “There was never any impropriety in our home. He was and is a good father.”
Stephanie has not commented on Hayden’s most recent arrest, and Hayden remains in prison pending a $200,000 bail.
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