'Sons of Guns' star pleads not guilty to rape charges
BATON ROUGE - The former star of the reality TV show Sons of Guns pleaded not guilty to rape charges today in Baton Rouge.
Will Hayden entered his plea to two counts of aggravated rape and one count of forcible rape. He was indicted on those charges back on Dec. 17.
"These span from some period of time from 1991-92 through 2014. It's three separate counts," District Attorney Hillar Moore said after the indictments were announced. "Two that carry a possibility of life in prison, one from five to 40 years. It's a serious offense."
Hayden faces rape charges in East Baton Rouge and Livingston parishes, with children listed as his victims in all cases. One of the East Baton Rouge victims is still a child, and said Hayden repeatedly raped her for more than a year's time. A 34-year-old woman said Hayden raped her while she was 12 and staying with his family, while the person who filed charges in Livingston Parish said she was 11 years old when Hayden inappropriately touched and kissed her.
Hayden's TV show was cancelled and his company legally separated from him after his second arrest. His daughter Stephanie Ford, another star of the TV show, went on national television to also accuse him of fondling her when she was a 12-year-old girl.
Frank Holthaus, who represents Hayden, said his client is suffering from depression for the time he's spent behind bars already.
"It's very easy to make allegations, but this is a court of law, not the Doctor Phil show," Holthaus said, referring to the program Hayden's daughter appeared on.