The Discovery Channel has pulled the plug on their reality series "Sons of Guns" following the arrest of the show's star Will Hayden, who was arrested earlier this week for allegedly raping a child -- reported to be his own daughter. The International Business Times reported Aug. 29 that the Discovery Channel, just off of a network high for breaking network records for ratings during its an "Shark Week" offering, had decided to cancel "Sons of Guns" due to "the serious and horrific nature of the charges against Will Hayden."
According to the statement which read, in part (via Fox News): “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."
Will Hayden was arrested Tuesday, taken into custody by the East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office and charged with aggravated rape of a child, which was added to charges her received after his arrest for child molestation two weeks ago. During that incident, Hayden was accused of molesting his 12-year-old daughter, according to TMZ.
Hayden denied any wrongdoing at the time. He said his ex-girlfriend was simply fabricating stories to make him look bad after their break-up. But his lawyer told Fox411 at the time that it was ex-employee looking for revenge that had started making the allegations.
TMZ also obtained arrest documents indicating that Will Hayden had been raping his daughter both orally and vaginally almost every day since he took her virginity at the age of 11. Investigators, upon questioning the now 12-year-old daughter, found that the young girl did not report the daily assaults because her father physically threatened her. He also told her, according to the documents, "Don't tell them nothing, because I'm all you got."
Hayden was picked up by law enfordement officers, along with the help of U. S. Marshals, in Livingston, La., apparently going on the run after making bail on the charges leveled at him in mid-August. He is being held on a $250,000 bond.
In their efforts to quickly distance themselves from the "Sons of Guns" star, Discovery Channel has already erased all pages to the once popular show from its website. Set in Louisiana, the series followed the antics of Hayden and the employees of his Red Jacket Firearms company, a firm that buys, sells, designs and rebuilds firearms.
Red Jacket Firearms also put some distance between itself and Hayden, issuing a statement on Tuesday on their website: “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.”
Will Hayden isn't the first reality show star to travel (allegedly) the odious road of child molestation and/or rape. Back in January, Andrea Clevenger, the 32-year-old mom star of TLC Network's "Cheer Perfection," was arrested for allegedly raping a 13-year-old boy on several occasions and exchanging sexually explicit photos with him. According to the Arkansas Times, she was later sentenced ten years in prison and must complete a three-year sex offender treatment program. She is eligible for parole in two-and-a-half years.