Things just seem to be going from bad to worse for former “Sons of Guns” reality TV personality and ex-Red Jacket Firearms owner Will Hayden.
Already under indictment on rape charges in East Baton Rouge and Livingston parishes and jailed, the embattled Hayden now has been ordered by a Baton Rouge state judge to fork over more than $130,000 to his former business partners.
One of those partners, Red Jacket Firearms and Red Jacket Licensing chief executive officer Joe Meaux, said Tuesday that no amount of money can repair the damage Hayden has done to the companies.
“It has been hard getting past the stigma of what Will has done,” said Meaux, who noted that Red Jacket Firearms will be rebranded Meaux Guns and Ammo.
Hayden’s Red Jacket Licensing partners, including Meaux, accused Hayden in a breach of contract lawsuit of entering into a secret trademark licensing pact with a Texas auto dealership that netted him thousands of dollars from the sale of Red Jacket Firearms edition Jeep Wranglers.
The San Antonio car dealership marketed and sold 21 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 10th Anniversary Red Jacket Firearm Edition sport utility vehicles. The suit says they sold for about $58,000 apiece and bore the Red Jacket Firearms logo and shield.
“RJL was unaware that (the dealership) was actively marketing and selling the Red Jacket Jeeps to the general public,” the suit states.
Hayden’s partners alleged he used some of the money he received from the dealership for a down payment on a 2009 Dodge Ram 1500 pickup.
Hayden’s partners also accused him of using Red Jacket Licensing’s charge account with their licensing agent to secure $26,000 in inventory for Red Jacket Muzzleloading, a firm solely owned by Hayden.
State District Judge Tim Kelley last month ordered Hayden to pay $131,000-plus in damages and penalties to Red Jacket Licensing, which was formed in 2012 to handle all licensing rights transactions for Red Jacket Firearms.
Kelley issued the default judgment following a hearing after Hayden failed to offer a defense to the suit filed in October. Online court records show Hayden has not filed an appeal.
Hayden, 49, of Greenwell Springs, pleaded not guilty last week in Baton Rouge state court to two counts of aggravated rape and one count of forcible rape. The charges accuse him of raping two preteen girls, one recently and the other in the early 1990s.
Hayden also has been accused by a Livingston Parish grand jury of raping the same girl in 2013 that he allegedly raped in East Baton Rouge in 2013 and 2014. The Livingston panel also accused Hayden with sex crimes against Stephanie Hayden Ford, his oldest daughter and former “Sons of Guns” co-star.
Ford told the “Dr. Phil” show in September that her father came into her bedroom one night while drunk about 20 years ago and pinched and kissed her while trying to disrobe her.
Prior to his arrests, Hayden owned Red Jacket Firearms, a Baton Rouge custom gun store. The shop and its workers, most notably Hayden, were the center of the Discovery Channel show “Sons of Guns.” The show spanned several seasons before being abruptly canceled during his recent scrapes with the law.
Red Jacket Firearms also cut ties with him.