William Hayden, the star of Discovery Channel’s ‘Sons of Guns,’ was arrested on Saturday on charges of molestation of a juvenile and aggravated crimes against nature, local media reports.
After being booked, Hayden who owns Red Jacket Firearms in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, was released Saturday evening on a $150,000 bond from East Baton Rough Parish Prison.
Hayden allegedly spoke to TMZ, telling the Hollywood publication that the accusations are the result of a disgruntled ex-girlfriend, who is upset about their break-up and trying to retaliate by saying Hayden molested their daughter.
He also said that the daughter in question was interviewed by Child Protective Services and is now back at his home where Hayden’s new wife, and presumably the girl’s step-mother, resides. He told TMZ that he is fully cooperating with investigators.
Hayden’s oldest daughter Stephanie, who also stars on ‘Sons of Guns,’ told TMZ, “There was never any impropriety in our home. He was and is a good father.”
Stephanie released the following statement on Facebook:
“This was a false allegation and unfortunately that’s all it takes. My father is a good man, and ALL of his children love him very much and are truly sickened that a person would try to do this to our family,” she said. “The one thing that really hurts us is that my sister is heartbroken that anyone could think this of her father. It’s a nightmare.”