Dr. Phil episode to expand reality TV star scandal
BATON ROUGE- As the star of the now canceled reality TV show Sons of Guns remains in jail on child sex charges, his daughter is unloading family secrets and making more allegations on national TV.
Thursday, Stephanie Hayden Ford will appear on an episode of Dr. Phil. She will tell the TV personality something that happened between her and her father that she said she has never shared before. Following the taping, Ford fainted. Producers believe she was overcome with emotions following her conversation with Dr. Phil.
The show did not release the location or date of the recording.
The show will air at 3 p.m. on WBRZ channel 2 Thursday.
Ford also suggests her father may have assaulted more victims.
Dr. Phil asked, "You've added up five or six people here, are they going to come forward now?"
"Yes," Stephanie Hayden Ford replied. She added most are planning to file reports with authorities about abuse.
William Hayden is in the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison on a $350,000 bond on numerous charges related to child molestation and rape. He also faces similar charges in Livingston Parish. As many as three victims have said they were attacked by Hayden at young ages.
A spokesperson for the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office had not seen the TV show yet, but said no additional victims had come forward by the end of the business day Wednesday.
When her father was first arrested in August, Ford came to his defense but told Dr. Phil she changed her mind after speaking with the first victim, a young minor girl.
As the scandal expanded this week, Hayden's wife, Rachel, also changed her story. She said she no longer supports her husband, despite what she also said in a previous WBRZ exclusive interview. She said on August 26th, she didn't believe the accusations because she was close to the victim and would have known something was wrong.
The charges Hayden faces in East Baton Rouge and Livingston involve four incidents, two within the last year and two from two decades ago. In the oldest complaints, the victims are now adults.
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