Discovery, Red Jacket part ways with accused child-rapist Will Hayden

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The situation is worsening for Will Hayden, the proprietor of Red Jacket Firearms and the star of Discovery Channel’s popular television program “Sons of Guns.”

Following his second arrest for the alleged sexual abuse of his 12-year-old daughter, Discovery Channel and Red Jacket Firearms parted ways with the embattled gunsmith.

“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,” Discovery said in a statement to Fox 411.

Red Jacket Firearms LLC. posted on its website that it “has initiated and received full legal separation as an entity, from William M. Hayden.”

Going on to say that, “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 [sic] to quality and our customers, for years to come.”

On Aug. 9, Hayden was arrested and charged with molestation of a juvenile and aggravated crimes against nature. After posting a $150,000 bond he was released from jail. Hayden denied the allegations, telling TMZ that it was the machinations of a disgruntled ex-wife who was out to smear his reputation.

However, Hayden was arrested once again and booked on Wednesday for child rape. According to investigators, the alleged victim claims that she was raped “almost daily,’ since March of 2013, and that she didn’t say anything because Hayden told her, “don’t tell them nothing because I’m all you got.”

Hayden’s bond is set at $250,000. His attorney has yet to comment on the latest developments.

[H/T Fox 411/ Guns.com]

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  • John Dziki April 26, 2017, 10:41 pm

    And now we now we know what a scum bag he was. And many of the commentors here don\’t look so good either.

    • Mark.tercsak July 21, 2017, 10:44 am

      I have seen the television series when it was on the discovery channel.
      Having said that I do not know the suspect/ defendant , or for that matter any of the cast members of that show, I do not know the alleged victim, I have never been to the town were red jacket is located or the county/parish, or the state.
      My question to you and others like you, do you know the Suspect/accused, or any of the family members?
      Or the cast of the show or people working on the show ?
      Do you know the c
      X- wife ?
      Do you know the alleged victim ?
      Where you involved in the investigation or part of it ?
      Do you have insider information that others do not have?
      I bet like me you know jack, and our relying upon news paper articles and television.
      Some women and men can be very vindictive people, such as his x-wife, I find it strange here is this guy he was arrested his bond was set at what a $100,000.00 he makes bond and not long after is rearrested for rape against the same victim his daughter, and a judge sets bond at $250,000.00 and they all live in a small town.
      Something is up with this case.
      AND IT’S NOT FRESH AIR.

  • joe elliott September 5, 2014, 11:11 am

    what you see on the internet and the media is alway right?
    The internet and media is always correct and not impeachable. Is this true.???

    Lets see what he said and she said… filing a police report as well as allegations dose not make a person guilty.
    He may very be guilty…but lets go to Court and see what is true evidence and mere allegations….send him to a jury of his peers.

  • Striker9 September 2, 2014, 6:48 am

    any of you morons who have convicted dude already are likely the type to file such false charges. what do we know? 1. Will Hayden was arrested. 2. Discovery cut ties. 3. Will Hayden is no longer and Red Jacket FA Inc. no longer maintain a business arrangement.

    the rest is speculation if you’ve sided one way or another. my guess (speculation) is that his attorney’s have been strategizing for or against the ex for some time now. this was likely a nuclear option between his company, and himself, to remove him from RJF if it came to this. Protects the company and other owners interests. Likely discussed among the corporate officers, lawyers, and Hayden. Discovery did the only thing it could do. There is NO way they could back a Mo. Even if not guilty, it would be a PR nightmare that they didn’t feel was worth one show. that leaves only the arrest, and that I won’t speculate on. forget who he is, what he does, and how you know him….it’s a pretty serious charge, one that could put him away for a long long time. deserves due process and hopefully the system gets it right. even if not guilty, is a stigma he’ll have to carry forever. anybody willing to let him drive your 12 y.o. daughter to church camp 2 hours away because you’re away and he’s doing you a favor? prolly not. only thing sideline schleps like us can do is follow it in the news. so shut your judgmental pieholes and get back to living life through a little black box.

    I can’t wait for the new season to start though, hopefully Joe will still be running the show! Fabulous leader he was. Maybe he’ll even promote the dopey SIL to lead ‘smith. Since he’s such a stellar ‘smith and deserved the fast track over Vince. Even though it’d prolly take him a week just to figure out how to put a CA bullet button on one of them fancy AR’s. lol

    Striker Out

    • John Dziki April 26, 2017, 10:37 pm

      Well he was found guilty…so you must feel creepy now.

  • rhinoknives September 2, 2014, 3:19 am

    Some of you don’t like his attitude so he is guilty? He’s arrogant so he’s guilty? He rebuilt a AK-47 into a sniper platform so he’s a full of it lier? The wording of the alleged victim was just like he would of said it! Or did you bother to think that possibly that’s how the ex coached her to say it?

    I’ve seen it to many times. He had the show and you didn’t so he must be a jerk,and a BS Child Molester!

    There are too many people in this country these days that just love to see someone else fall guilty or not!

    This man deserves his day in court.

  • Brian S. September 1, 2014, 11:37 pm

    “According to investigators, the alleged victim claims that she was raped “almost daily,’ since March of 2013, and that she didn’t say anything because Hayden told her, “don’t tell them nothing because I’m all you got.””

    That states that the alleged victim, not the crazy ex, is accusing him of this crime. Whether or not she is being coerced by the mother to do so is anyone’s guess. I find it hard to believe that a daughter would put their father through this for no reason, but stranger things have happened. Although I hated his attitude, and wondered why they spent soo much time and energy doing things that had already been done and acting like they were the first, I am willing to give him the benefit of the doubt. I’m sure that a jury, who will have access to evidence that we will not, will be deciding this one.

  • Rick September 1, 2014, 9:55 pm

    If some of you naysayers would stop and think for a minute you’d realize something is very wrong with this picture. Thousands of times has the mother filed false charges against hubby, usually sex abuse in nature. I know a fella that lost everything, I mean EVERYTHING because his wacko wife made the same type of allegations. None were true and even the judge, prosecutor, and police knew it. Yet even though he was found not guilty on all counts the damage was done. Don’t be so hasty in judging this man. It sounds like the child has been prepped by mommy dearest.

  • Louis September 1, 2014, 8:43 pm

    I read all the comments,what nobody has talked about is the 12 year daughter,surely investigators have or can tell
    If a child of 12 years is telling the truth and can not Doctors examine her to find out if she has been raped or not,
    And tell if Will Hayden is the one or not who did it ,now a days 12 year old girls are having sex,but Examiners
    Can tell. I don’t see how it has gotten this far.And what about LIE DETECTOR test? I know the findings can’t be
    Permissible in court but at least it would give the police something to go by. We should not be so quick to through
    The first stone, let us wait until the truth comes out. A person is innocent until proven guilty.Time will tell.

    • SmokeHillFarm September 1, 2014, 9:48 pm

      Unless the evidence is very fresh, you can’t tell who she had sex with, and, depending on her sexual history (which at 12 can be pretty extensive), and how long ago the sex took place, you may not be able to tell whether she was raped.

      If this girl has been prepared properly by mommy, or mommy’s lawyer, her testimony will probably be good enough to send him away.

      The testimony of the alleged “victim” in this is largely meaningless, but in the case of child molesting charges, all they need is the charge … the guy will be hung out to dry anyway.

  • Jimmy Vickers September 1, 2014, 7:13 pm

    What a shme, this kind of crap goes on daily all over this country, between men and crazy mad ex wives, and what’s more, many of us have witnessed this and know it’s common. We are losing our rights at an unreal rate because of attitudes like I am seeing here. INNOCENT UNTIL PROVEN GUILTY IN A COURT OF LAW. THE RIGHT TO A FAIR TRIAL. WHAT IS THE MATTER WITH YOU PEOPLE. YOU ARE CONVICTING AND CONDEMMING THIS MAN ON VERY QUESTIONABLE GROUNDS. DON’T YOU REALIZE THIS COULD BE YOU OR ME OR ANYONE GOING THROUGH OR AFTER, A NASTY DIVORCE. Even the Discovery channel has denied this man due process. LET THIS PLAY OUT BEFORE PASSING JUDGEMENT. I ALSO SAY THAT IF HE IS PROVEN GUILTY,DE NUT HIM BEFORE HANGING HIM FROM THE HIGHEST TREE . LET HIM BE PROVEN GUILTY BEYOND A RESONABLE DOUBT, FIRST.

  • David September 1, 2014, 6:10 pm

    4 years ago I was doing repair work on a beach front condo. One of the owners (batty redhead) was at odds with the HOA and they were suing each other left and right. Over the course of several months this woman harassed me and my workers to the extent we were told by the police to put up barriers so she couldn’t come close to the areas we were working. I’m working there one day and I get a phone call from a sheriffs deputy that he needs to see me. Comes by the house in the morning to serve me with a domestic violence restraining order taken out against me by this crazy woman. Since she lived there it effectively stopped my job and my income. She lied alot but some liberal bleeding heart fu*cking female judge gave it to her anyway. My attorney(that’s right I had to pay an attorney because its nothing to let ignore) stated that the evidence she presented did not meet the state standard to issue one but this female judge issued one any way. There is no justice in the courts anymore. Innocent until proven guilty HA! Of course the deputy told me I had to surrender any firearms I had so I promptly lied to him.

  • Phil September 1, 2014, 6:00 pm

    Hmmm….well, I guess I’ll have to commit myself…I, for one, like the show and see no arrogance in Will Hayden…although if we were the owners and had a tv show most of us WOULD be a little arrogant…as far as the AK being a ‘sniper tool’, the show I watched had almost every part in the rifle changed…!!!

  • Brett Randall September 1, 2014, 3:38 pm

    I have seen this BS a million times, No Creditability, total garbage. I don’t like the show but that don’t make him a molester. It just means he has an EX that is pissed.

    • Darren P. July 18, 2016, 3:10 pm

      THE problem is once you put the phrase “child molester” next to ANYONE’S name, they’re guilt. Sad state of affairs. Let’s NOT do like blm and jump to unsubstantiated conclusions setting off a shit storm of violent rioting. Let us trust in the courts AND 12 jurors to listen to ALL the evidence (in which we are not privy to) and time will tell this man’s fate.

  • What I know September 1, 2014, 1:58 pm

    I have a very vindictive ex who has been declared unfit in court and has lost almost all her rights!!!

    I get hot lined constantly falsely, they courts and pd have more than enough for evidence of conviction
    on failing a false report!

    The ex is over $5000 on her support also!!

    IN my area they wont file females that do false reports or behind on their support!

    THEY ARE THE FAIRER SEX AND CAN GET AWAY WITH IT

    If i get $5000 behind I become a felon, lose my license, my hunting and fishing license also.

    But yet they keep letting the females get away with murder here!!

    • Darren P. July 18, 2016, 3:13 pm

      YES,YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES,I KNOW YOUR PAIN!!! ITS CALLEF THE “MAGIC VAGINA” and it is REAL!

  • Rocky September 1, 2014, 1:18 pm

    It’s a shame that even unproven accusations are capable of ruining a man’s reputation and income opportunities. We are Still INNOCENT until PROVEN GUILTY, by a jury of our peers in this country, despite those who feel that they must be ‘Politically Correct’ (another name for Cultural Marxism) and convict others, in their minds as well as their actions, before any substantial proof has convicted the accused in a COURT of LAW.
    note; Stephanie, Will’s elder daughter, maintains that the charges are unfounded and is standing by her father.

    • joe September 1, 2014, 11:09 pm

      Why don’t Red Jacket stand behind him, and his older girl who is on the show come out with a statement about her Dads innocents

      • joe September 2, 2014, 11:20 am

        Well his older girl who is on the show did come out with a statement… It’s a pretty damming statement too, it tells of how Will molested her and she backs her little sisters claims of Rape. Will Hayden is a Low Life and need to be locked up with men who like to Rape Child Rapist, you get what you give Scum Bag aka will “child molester” hayden

  • rick September 1, 2014, 1:08 pm

    It is now and always has been too easy for those kinds of charges to be thrown around by women. I’ve seen lives ruined by false charges that were believed by the courts because women have been “victims” for so long. I’m not saying that it never happens, just that it happens much less than is charged due to vindictive people. With the current national sense of entitlement and the selfishness that it breeds, a lot of people are being falsely accused.

  • TPSnodgrass September 1, 2014, 12:29 pm

    Never cared for the show, nor for the whole premise. However, having investigated and arrested actual child molesters and rapists, I have learned that in a split or shared custody situation, to be HIGHLY SUSPECT of any claims made by one ex against another. Everybody lies. if he’s guilty, hang him-slowly, as I loathe and despise those who commit violence in children. If he’s innocent, he needs to be vindicated as aggressively as he has been publicly pilloried. Fair is fair.

  • Bradley Keller September 1, 2014, 12:25 pm

    This is nothing but a witch hunt. I know our legal system is a sham with many people having died as A testamate to that.and OJ simpson was found innocent!! WOW!! leave this man alone and allow him due process. Just because People have said things about Will that does NOT make him A Guilty man. Get off your high horse you idiots and have a little faith in your fellow man.. So now what? Are you people ready to hang A man for something he may or may not have done.
    Is Will and Red Jacket Firearms dirty now only to be swept under the carpet? I believe in you Will. your good people.

    This is America Brother.Red White and Blue
    Be strong and god bless you.

    Bradley Keller

    I believe in you Will

  • Curt September 1, 2014, 11:11 am

    That show sucked anyway.

  • Brent Brentzel September 1, 2014, 10:51 am

    I would hate for his life to be ruined like this if he is innocent, but it looks as if no one is standing behind him.

  • S. Campbell September 1, 2014, 10:26 am

    An ex wife can be very vindictive. Having lost custody of her daughter only adds fuel to the fire. Even though the victim has come forward with accusations of rape doesn’t mean that the mother isn’t influencing the young girl’s actions. If Mr.Hayden is guilty he will be held accountable, but if he is found innocent his wife should be committed to the Bat-ass crazy house, and denied contact with her daughter. The truth will come out. People should not judge someone by a statement made on a staged TV show. People….get your head out of your caboose and see the light.

    • Rusty September 1, 2014, 9:59 pm

      It is a shame that so many are so quick to judge. The truth right now is that none of us know what happened yet. Just because I think he acts like an ass to others on the show, does not mean he is a child molester, any more than being famous means he’s innocent. I have an idea, why don’t we wait to see what the real evidence shows?
      Oh I’m sorry, that’s not the new American way.
      Just as the incident in Fergunson MO. I’m a white southern Police Officer and I did not automatically assume that the officer there did the right thing, but there are plenty of people who do automatically assume that he did the wrong thing. Even the media can’t wait to get all the facts, because someone else might beat them to the story.
      The child in this case has been abused one way or another. She will need therapy either way.

  • Ralph September 1, 2014, 9:56 am

    Never liked him or his primadonna daughter. Same attitude and disposition.

  • Brian September 1, 2014, 8:24 am

    For one thing, if the wife is crazy. The authorities should have put her in jail for making false accusations. Just proves the authorities are at fault for most of what has transpired.
    The other thing is that Will Haden is full of himself and thinks he knows it all. He had an episode on that claimed to turn an AK47 into a sniper rifle. Not possible. The guns guts are so sloppy internally that your lucky to hit a target at 500 yards “PERIOD”. When I saw that episode I new right then that this was a “BIG BULLSHIT ARTIST”.
    You couldn’t pay me to own anything that comes from that business. Not to say that a couple of those guys on the show are not bad gunsmiths!!

  • Bob September 1, 2014, 7:55 am

    Now that the victim is backing up the “batshitcrazy” ex, this isn’t going away. The statements the kid says Hayden made sound just like something you would expect from him too. Looks like he is going down…

  • James Calhoun September 1, 2014, 7:50 am

    I don’t think he done it. I believe his wife is crazy and just trying to get him locked up. All of you will see when the charges are thrown out again like the last 5 times. His wife is nuts and can’t tell the truth if she had too.

  • Ken September 1, 2014, 7:33 am

    Arrested again? Numerous arrests in the past? (I do not know for sure). Is it possible that it is all due to an angry ex? Certainly! Is it possible he is guilty? Yes it is.
    In other words; I simply do not know at this point and will not pass judgement.

  • What I know August 29, 2014, 10:26 pm

    Will has been arrested 6 times, for the same thing!

    He has been cleared all charges 5 times!!

    He has even, been accused of, raping Stephanie!

    All of the charges, have been filled, by one bat shit crazy ,ex wife

    Will has custody, of his kid’s!

    The ex lost her kids’, to Will in a very bitter custody battle, and the ex has to pay support to him now!!

    All of the charges are have been filled by the, bitter crazy ex, wife.

    Do you see a pattern here!!!

    If she keeps pushing, she is going to lose it all, if Will ends up in Jail, the company, and all of assets will not go to her, and its hard to get support out of a man in jail!!

    Something else to think about, the say he was raping the girl almost daily, that would be hard to prove, with the filming and film crew around him almost 24 hours a day, that is a big stretch!

    I UNDERSTAND BAT SHIT CRAZY, EXES I HAVE ONE!

    I HAVE CUSTODY OF MY KID.

    I WENT THROUGH A VERY BITTER 9 MONTH CUSTODY BATTLE, AND THE EX HAS TO PAY ME SUPPORT!

    IN THE LAST 5 YEAS I HAVE BEEN ACCUSED ABUSING MY KID MANY TIMES!

    I HAVE BEEN ACCUSED OF BEATING MY KID IN THE HEAD WITH A GUN. (MANY TIMES)

    I HAVE BEEN ACCUSED OF BEATING MY KID IN THE BODY WITH A GUN.

    I HAVE BEEN ACCUSED, OF STICKING A GUN, IN MY KID’S MOUTH AND PULLING THE TRIGGER.

    I HAVE BEEN ACCUSED, OF AIMING A GUN, AT MY KID’S BODY AND PULLING THE TRIGGER.

    I HAVE BEEN ACCUSED OF LEAVING MY GUNS OUT WHERE THE KID CAN GET THEM!

    I BEEN ACCUSED OF HAVING GUNS, IN THE HOUSE.

    I HAVE BEEN ACCUSED OF NOT FEEDING MY KID.

    I HAVE BEEN ACCUSED IF NOT TAKING CARE OF MY KID.

    THE ONLY THING, THAT SAVED MY, ASS WAS THAT MY EX GOT CAUGHT LYING IN COURT, SHE WAS CAUGHT LYING SO MANY TIMES THAT THE JUDGE PUT VERBIAGE IN MY COURT ORDER STATING THAT ‘SHE LIED IN COURT TO THE POINT OF A PERSONALITY DISORDER AND IS UNABLE TO DISTINGUISH THE TRUTH’.

    MY EX HAS FILED SO MANY COMPLAINT’S, WITH DFS AND THE POLICE, THAT THEY WONT EVEN TAKE THEM ANYMORE.

    MY EX HAS CANT LIVE WITH THE GUILT OF LOSING HER KID TO MAN, AND SHE HAS TRIED EVERYTHING AND
    ANY WAY SHE CAN TO GET EVEN AND HER KID BACK.

    GETTING THE BAT SHIT CRAZY EX TO STOP IS A REAL PROBLEM BECAUSE IN THEIR MIND THEY THINK THEY
    ARE DOING THE RIGHT THING!!!

    • Don September 1, 2014, 4:55 pm

      I don’t know how a county prosecutor (states attorney) would continue to file charges that have been based on a crazy woman’s ranting. I’ve seen the courts used to abuse people, but never with so many complaints as you list. Did you ever file a suit against her?

  • marko August 29, 2014, 11:45 am

    “Don’t tell anybody, cause I’m all you got.”
    That is EXACTLY how that man speaks to people.
    We’ll see if his oldest speaks up.

    • Kenneth August 30, 2014, 3:02 pm

      That’s exactly what I told my fiancé Marko when I first heard that statement.

      It’s like I could actually hear him saying it in my head. Good riddance to the guy; guilty or not…

      • Ronald Gervais September 1, 2014, 9:31 am

        >guilty or not…

        Pardon my french but what the hell is wrong with you? Guilty or not? If he isn’t guilty you’re okay with him going to prison for life with no possibility of parole because you don’t like his personality? I hope I am misreading what you wrote because the alternative is unfathomable.

        However, if he is proven to be guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law, jail him.

      • bt1911 September 1, 2014, 9:55 am

        “guilty or not…” — You must be from Ferguson.

        • DeltaRVN September 1, 2014, 12:30 pm

          Exactly; there is a possibility he may be innocent. Or does justice really apply in our sick society anymore?

          • M1Aman September 1, 2014, 5:12 pm

            It sure seems that way anymore…

            I’ll give you that he may be a bit if a di#k at times, but he deserves to be treated as innocent until proven otherwise.

          • SmokeHillFarm September 1, 2014, 9:27 pm

            This is one of those cases where it doesn’t really matter whether you’re really guilty — once you’re accused, you can NEVER prove you didn’t do it, and you’ll be a pariah forever. Even mostly rational people seem to put their brains on hold when they hear “child molestation.”

            And disgruntled wives & ex-wives know it, since it’s one of the first things their lawyer will hint around at in the first interview. I’ve seen any number of guys who got hit with this hammer, and usually it causes them to just settle for whatever their wife’s sleazebag attorney offers, to avoid a public airing of the charge (and possible prosecution) and the resulting destruction of his entire future.

            Disgusting, but it’s the reality of modern family court life.

        • PC Commenter September 2, 2014, 9:09 am

          I believe Kenneth was referring to Red Jacket getting rid of him guilty or not. I hope so, if not, Kenneth is a sick puppy !!

    • Steve S September 1, 2014, 11:15 am

      Would that not make her an accomplice ? If the ex never reported it !!! And let’s get serious, This happened Almost Daily !! Not very likely !! I agree (IF) he did all of this hang him !! But if none of it is true , The EX must be brought up on charges such as False reporting and Defimation of character , I think that is a civil matter … If any of this were true , do you really think the girl would be allowed to live with Will ? That would / Should never happen !!

  • Matt August 29, 2014, 7:42 am

    I never did like his attitude.

    • D. Hicks September 1, 2014, 8:27 am

      Neither did I.The show gave credit for the RED JACKET teams new ideas, that had already been done years before. One comes to mind,turning a 1919 A4 into an A6, the ARMY did that in 1943 or 1944,so that’s not new.

    • O. H. September 1, 2014, 8:30 am

      You may not like his attitude, but don’t be so critical when all the facts are not known. If what he and other family members are alleging are not true, the ex wins because she has smeared his name and reputation. Unfortunately, this can happen to any man when a vindictive ex-spouse or long-term lover wants to get even or break you down. Believe me, in LA, any woman who loses custody of her child, is bitter, found unfit, etc., because judges lean heavily in favor of the mother. As a registered sex offender, he will not be able to find employment (stigma, economy, and age), and not allowed anywhere near a firearm, his passion and livelihood. This for a man whose livelihood is designing, building and repairing firearms as small as a .22, to cannons and other heavy artillery. No, you may not like him, but do not judge him so quickly. Five arrests for the same alleged offense with the same child, yet no convictions, and still retains custody. If getting even was her intent, she has succeeded, yet no judge has given her custody of the “maligned” child. He is out of $40k in bails since 08/09/14, lost his company, lost his TV show, lost his FFL and has no source of income. Like him, his attitude or not, he only deserves this if he is guilty. Odd since 03/2013 mommy did not care she was being raped until they split.

    • mark tercsak September 2, 2014, 1:37 pm

      I have seen a number of comments here about Mr. Haden, that do not surprise me, but are shocking non the less.
      I urge each and everyone of you to read a few documents, first its your right, secondly its your duty as an American Citizen, and you owe it to those who paid with their lives, supporting those founding documents.
      The First is the declaration of Independence, The Second is the Articles of Confederation, the Third is The Constitution Of The United States and fourth is the Bill of Rights.
      You will find when reading those documents that a person is presumed innocent until proven Guilty beyond a reasonable doubt!
      I find it not only shocking but disturbing that individuals will condemn another for their attitude and would sentence them to life behind bars, before a trial has even taken place !
      My father who was a Police officer and a Detective from 1957 to 1985, said to always remember there are two sides to each story and usually but not always somewhere in between lies the truth.

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