Reality TV star and family speak out about molestation charges
BATON ROUGE - The "Sons of Guns" reality TV star is speaking out following his arrest on molestation of a juvenile and crimes against nature charges.
Deputies charged William Hayden, 49, Saturday. Monday, Hayden spoke with WBRZ News 2 off-camera and said the charges were concocted by, what his family calls, an "angry woman" he knew personally.
Hayden said the woman making the allegations is not related to the child in question. But, Hayden would not specifically say who he believes brought the allegations to authorities.
"It's taking a toll on him, and it's taking a toll on all of us here," fellow reality star and co-worker Joe Meaux said.
"It's taking a toll on [the child involved] and that's what I'm most upset about," Hayden's daughter, Stephanie Hayden-Ford, said. "I mean who does that to somebody?"
The family said the allegations are retaliation done after Hayden recently ended a professional relationship with the woman making the accusations.
In a statement, Hayden-Ford claimed her father agreed to a lie-detector test to prove his innocence if his accuser took the test as well. Hayden-Ford said the detective investigating the case refused that agreement and formally charged her father days later.
The East Baton Rouge Clerk of Court's office told News 2, the court documents of the ordeal are sealed.