Stephanie Hayden Ford, the daughter and former co-star of Will Hayden on the now-canceled “Sons of Guns” reality television show, will appear on the “Dr. Phil” show Thursday to talk about her knowledge of the recent sexual abuse allegations brought against her father.
In one brief clip promoting the interview, syndicated host Phil McGraw, best known as “Dr. Phil,” can be heard saying to Ford, “Tell me what you say happened between him and you when you were 12.”
McGraw’s interview of Ford will be the main feature of Thursday’s show, according to the show’s website.
Messages left Tuesday and Wednesday with a spokeswoman for the show were not returned. Attempts to reach Ford were unsuccessful, and her publicist did not return messages Tuesday and Wednesday seeking comments.
Will Hayden, 49, is accused of raping a girl, now 12, in East Baton Rouge Parish repeatedly over a 14-month period beginning in March 2013 when she was 11. Hayden also is accused of raping an 11-year-old girl in Livingston Parish in March 2013.
Authorities will not say whether the victim is the same in the two parishes because both sheriff’s offices don’t identify victims of sexual abuse.
Two women also recently came forward to authorities and told them Hayden sexually abused them when they were younger. A 34-year-old told detectives with the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office that Hayden raped her when she was 12 years old. A different woman came forward in Livingston Parish and told sheriff’s deputies there that Hayden inappropriately kissed her in 1995 when she was “12 or 13 years old,” according to the Livingston Parish Sheriff’s Office.
C. Frank Holthaus, Will Hayden’s attorney, on Wednesday cautioned against emotional reactions to the allegations, citing several cases where men were falsely accused of rape.
“We’ve got to have time during the court process to let the truth come out,” Holthaus said.
Hayden remains jailed at the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison in lieu of bail of at least $350,000.
A quote attributable to a motivational speaker known as “Dr. Steve Maraboli” was posted Tuesday to Stephanie Hayden Ford’s public Facebook page, which read: “My past has not defined me, destroyed me, deterred me, or defeated me; it has only strengthened me.”
Also on Tuesday, Ford’s publicist, Jill Trammell, posted to her talent agency’s website a message in which she defended Ford’s decision to appear on “Dr. Phil.”
“She has gone public with her story for one reason only,” a portion of the post reads, “to help others find the strength and support to do the same.”
In a prepared statement included below Trammell’s post, Ford said she has nothing to gain from her interview on the “Dr. Phil Show.”
“I just pray that our story will somehow prevent another victim from staying silent,” Ford said.
Ford initially defended her father when he was arrested in early August and accused of inappropriately kissing on Aug. 4 the same girl he’s accused of raping in East Baton Rouge Parish.
“Sons of Guns,” the Discovery Channel TV show that followed Red Jacket Firearms LLC, a Baton Rouge gun shop founded by Will Hayden, was canceled following his arrest on a count of aggravated rape in late August. The gun shop about the same time announced it had cut ties with Hayden.
The “Dr. Phil” show airs on WBRZ, Channel 2, at 3 p.m.
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