- The Washington Times - Wednesday, August 27, 2014

The Discovery Channel has canceled its hit “Sons of Guns” series after reality star Will Hayden was arrested again Wednesday for allegedly raping his 12-year-old daughter.

Arrest documents said Mr. Hayden’s daughter accused her father of taking her virginity and orally and vaginally raping her almost daily since she was 11 years old, TMZ reported. She said she never reported it because he threatened her physically.

Mr. Hayden, 44, is founder and owner of Red Jacket Firearms, the business behind the hit television series “Sons of Guns.” He was arrested two weeks ago in Louisiana on molestation charges and crimes against nature. He blamed the charges on a scorned ex-girlfriend — the girl’s mother, who was angry he ended their relationship. His adult daughter Stephanie, who also appears on the show, had told TMZ there was never any impropriety in their home.

“He was and is a good father,” she said at the time.

The East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Department decided after further investigation to tack on the rape charge. Police, aided by U.S. Marshals, arrested Mr. Hayden in Livingston, Lousiana, on Wednesday, TMZ reported.

The allegations have prompted the Discovery Channel to cancel the show.

“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,” the network said in a statement, Fox News reported.

On Tuesday, Red Jacket Firearms posted a statement on Facebook announcing its “full legal separation” from Mr. 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,” the statement read.

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