Authorities in Louisiana have added a new rape charge to the list of charges against William Hayden, an actor who starred in the reality television series “Sons of Guns.”
Hayden, 49, was charged Monday with forcible rape, after a victim came forward and alleged that the man raped her 22 years ago, according to the East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office. The alleged victim said she was 12 years old when the rape occurred.
The woman went to police after the Hayden’s much-publicized arrest in August, on charges of molestation of a juvenile and aggravated crimes against nature.
According to a probable cause affidavit in that case, the victim said that Hayden raped her and took her virginity at 11 years old, and continued to abuse her almost daily over the next year.
WAFB reports that four victims have now made rape allegations against Hayden. In addition to the new charge, he faces aggravated rape charges in East Baton Rouge Parish and an aggravated rape and an indecent behavior with a juvenile charge in Livingston Parish.
Discovery Channel, which aired “Sons of Guns,” has cancelled the show in the wake of the investigation. Hayden is the founder of Red Jacket Firearms, a gun store featured in the show. In a statement, the business said that it has received complete legal separation from Hayden.
Following his arrest Aug. 8, Hayden told TMZ that his ex-girlfriend had made false allegations about abusing their daughter.
On Monday, TMZ reported that Hayden’s older daughter, Stephanie Ford, had also accused her father of raping her. Ford had initially defended her father when the first allegations of abuse were reported.