A reality series has been canceled following the arrest of its star. Deadline.com reports that Discovery pulled the plug on “Sons of Guns” after its star, Will Hayden, was arrested on what the network calls “serious and horrific” charges of child rape.
In a statement, the network said: “Given the serious and horrific nature of the charges against William Hayden, we have decided to halt further production of ‘Sons Of Guns’ and cancel the series.”
Hayden was arrested Tuesday and charged with aggravated rape and victimizing his daughter since March 2013, when she was 11 years old, the story adds.
Fox411 reports that Hayden was first arrested Aug. 9 on charges of molestation of a child and aggravated crimes against nature, but was subsequently released after posting a $150,000 bond.
The Deadline story notes: “According to local media reports, East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office rep Casey Hicks said that during its investigation around the first arrest, ‘we received more information that these rapes allegedly occurred from March 2013 to July 2014 of our victim, who was 11 and then later 12 years old at the time,’ and the victim told police the alleged acts occurred almost daily, but she did not report them because of threats Hayden made.”
The show, which followed Hayden and his custom weapons company Red Jacket Firearms, ended its fifth season in May, CNN notes.
The gun company said Wednesday that it had “initiated and received full legal separation as an entity” from Hayden.
An attorney for Hayden did not immediately return a request for comment, CNN notes.