Hayden women lose support, plan national TV interview
BATON ROUGE - The women in Sons of Guns star William Hayden’s life appear to be leaving him behind in the wake of child sex allegations and charges.
Since August 8, Hayden been arrested on various assault charges in two parishes involving what appears to be at least three victims. Until Monday, when the latest charges were revealed, he seemed to have the support of his wife and daughter.
But now, Stephanie Hayden Ford said she plans to make new accusations against her father. She’ll talk about the situation for the first time since a WBRZ interview when the scandal broke but she won’t be defending her father. Instead, she will is set to appear on the Dr. Phil Show Thursday, September 11. Producers explained the episode as Ford opening up and making new accusations aimed at her father.
Ford said she is doing the interview to prevent other potential victims from staying silent.
"With my father now in jail, everyone in my family and in our company are now talking openly for the first time," she said. "I have nothing to gain from this exclusive interview, but to begin living in truth and getting help for myself and my sister. I just pray that our story will somehow prevent another victim from staying silent.”
She is changing her story from one she gave WBRZ last month. In an interview, Stephanie denied the allegations against her father. She said her family was being torn apart and came to her father’s defense when he was arrested for alleged sexual abuse with a 12-year-old.
"Honestly man, it’s turned into more of a media nightmare and I’m letting people know it’s just not true," she said on August 11. "I mean, you’re in the spotlight and people know they can put you through this, so they will."
As the scandal expanded Monday, William 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.
Hayden’s business, Red Jacket Firearms, severed ties with him and the reality TV show based around the company was canceled.