REVEALED: American Idol winner Laine Hardy is arrested for ‘planting listening device in ex-girlfriend’s room at Louisiana State University’
- American Idol winner Laine Hardy was booked at the East Baton Rouge Prison on Friday after a warrant and allegations were issued against him on Thursday
- Hardy wrote on his Facebook page on Thursday that he is cooperating with an investigation from the Louisiana State University Police Department
- An unnamed source told local TV station WAFB that Hardy is accused of spying on a female LSU student by installing a listening device in her residence
- An LSU official and Hardy’s attorney confirmed that there is an ongoing probe involving the entertainer, but did not give any further details
American Idol winner Laine Hardy has been arrested for planting a listening device in his ex-girlfriend’s bedroom, reports say.
The country singer, 21, is said to have put the wire in her dorm room at Louisiana State University.
According to legal documents Laine listened in on his ex’s conversations, including phone calls she had her mother about their break-up.
Documents show that Laine’s voice could be heard while the device was being planted.
Louisiana State University PD confirmed the allegations against Hardy.
Hardy was transported to the East Baton Rouge Prison by LSU PD and booked on Friday.
The charges against Hardy are not yet known, but an unnamed source told Louisiana news station WAFB-TV that Hardy is accused of spying on a female LSU resident.
The source told WAFB that Hardy left a listening device in the female student’s residence to keep tabs on her conversations.
American Idol winner Laine Hardy, 21, was booked at the East Baton Rouge Prison after turning himself in to LSU PD Friday. An unnamed source says he is accused of spying on a female
Hardy wrote in a Thursday Facebook post that he is cooperating with an investigation from the Louisiana State University Police Department, who have issued a warrant against him
The entertainer explained the situation he’s involved in via social media
Hardy’s attorney, Frank Holthaus, confirmed that there are allegations against Hardy but did not clarify their nature.
‘I can confirm that Mr. Hardy did receive a warrant for his arrest earlier today and has been and will continue to be completely cooperative with the LSU Police Department on this matter,’ Holthaus said in a statement, ‘Due to the public nature of Mr. Hardy’s profession, we ask for privacy at this time.’
LSU PD also confirmed that there is a warrant against Hardy, and is expected to make a statement about the charges later today.
The Baton Rouge, Louisiana native rose to prominence in 2019 when he won the TV competition’s 17th season
Hardy was seen last year performing on an episode of The Bachelorette
On Thursday evening Hardy broke the news about the warrant on his Facebook page.
‘Earlier today, I received a warrant due to allegations made against me and have been fully cooperative with the Louisiana State University Police Department,’ the singer, 21, wrote in the post.
‘I understand that my career has thrust me into the public spotlight, and I embrace that wholeheartedly as my entire world belongs to my music and my fans.
‘However, due to the sensitive nature of this allegation, I humbly ask for privacy at this time. I have the utmost respect for the law and will assist in their investigation as needed moving forward.’
The Baton Rouge, Louisiana native rose to prominence in 2019 when he won the TV competition’s 17th season.
A spokesman for LSU told DailyMail.com:
‘Lane Reed Hardy (Non-LSU student) was arrested by LSU Police today and booked into East Baton Rouge Parish Prison for violation of 15:1303– Interception and Disclosure of Wire, Electronic, or Oral Communication. His arrest warrant has been filed with clerk of court.’