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Sons of Guns has been canceled.
The star of the Discovery show, Will Hayden, was arrested today and charged with child rape, the East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office told the Times-Picayune.
He was previously arrested two weeks ago and charged with child molestation.
Here’s what you should know about the shocking charges against Hayden and the end of his hit show.
1. A Discovery Rep Made a Statement
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The show first aired on the Discovery Channel on January 26, 2011.
A rep for Discovery told TMZ, “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.”
2. Hayden Was Arrested Allegedly Raping His Daughter
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Hayden was accused of raping a minor “almost daily” since March 2013 and taking her virginity when she was 11 years old.
TMZ reports it was Hayden’s daughter who made the accusations.
Hayden denied the allegations when he was first arrested two weeks ago, blaming the girl’s mother and calling her a bitter ex.
Now the daughter is backing up the story and saying she kept quiet during the daily abuse because Hayden threatened to hurt her.
3. Red Jacket Firearms Also Disassociated From Will
Hayden is the founder and owner of Red Jacket, and the show was centered around the business.
On August 26, the company wrote on their site;
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.
4. Stephanie Defended Him
— Stephanie Hayden (@StephanieRJF) August 17, 2014
His oldest daughter, who also works with him, bashed the story.
She told TMZ, “There was never any impropriety in our home. He was and is a good father.”
5. The Show Was Highly Rated
The reality show, which lasted for five seasons, enjoyed successful ratings.
In fact, it once held the number 1 spot in Friday’s Prime Time programming in cable for people and men.