The reality show “Sons of Guns” was canceled Wednesday after the arrest of its star, Will Hayden, on charges that he raped his now 12-year-old daughter “almost daily.”
“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 Discovery Channel said.
According to TMZ, Hayden is accused of raping the minor girl, whom it identified as his daughter, since March 2013, and taking her virginity when she was 11 years old.
The girl told police she was “orally and vaginally raped” by her father “almost daily,” according to official documents, but did not report the abuse because he threatened her physically.
He purportedly told her not to “tell them nothing, because I’m all you got,” according to TMZ.
The most recent abuse of the girl is said to have occurred in July 2014, according to documents.
Hayden was booked on Wednesday, with his bail set at $250,000.
A warrant had been issued for Hayden’s arrest, and the Times-Picayune reports he was nabbed in Livingston as a fugitive from East Baton Rouge.
Discovery’s “Sons of Guns” program chronicles the gunsmith Hayden and his Red Jacket Firearms company, which buys, sells, designs and rebuilds firearms.
The company is now distancing itself from Hayden, posting a statement on its website Tuesday:
“Red Jacket Firearms LLC has initiated and received full legal separation as an entity, from William M. Hayden,” the statement read. “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.”
On Aug. 9, Hayden was arrested for molestation of a juvenile and aggravated crimes against nature. He posted his $150,000 bond and was released.
His lawyer told news agencies at the time the charges stemmed from a conflict with a scorned ex-girlfriend, supposedly the girl’s mother, who went to police “in retaliation” after he ended their relationship.
His older daughter Stephanie, who appears on “Sons of Guns,” also defended her father at the time.
“There was never any impropriety in our home,” she told TMZ. “He was and is a good father.”