The Discovery Channel has opted to cancel one of their biggest hits after the arrest of Will Hayden, a star on the show. Hayden was recently arrested by the Baton Rouge Police Department on charges of child molestation and child rape. According to The Washington Post on Thursday, the Discovery Channel has cancelled the reality show "Sons of Guns" in the wake of the child rape charge drama.
A representative for the Discovery Channel made a statement about the cancellation of "Sons of Guns." The statement read, "“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." Since the statement went out on Wednesday, the Discovery Channel has made good on their word to dissociate themselves as much as possible from the series and the accused, Will Hayden.
Additionally, the gun shop featured in the "Sons of Guns" series has also parted ways with the accused Hayden. The Red Jacket Firearms Company posted their own statement on their website. They have made it clear that they also want no part in the legal issues surrounding Will Hayden. In the statement from the Red Jacket Firearms Company, the say they have legally severed all ties with Hayden. The full statement reads:
“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.”
Hayden was arrested two weeks ago on allegations that he molested his 12-year old daughter. After being released from custody, he was then rearrested by the Baton Rouge Police Department and charged this time with child rape. Hayden is still behind bars on the current charges.
Details of the allegations against Will Hayden are indeed horrific. His daughter has accused him of taking her virginity among other things. Hayden contends that this is just revenge from his ex-girlfriend, the girl's mother, because he ended their relationship.