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 allegedly planting a listening device in his ex-girlfriend’s bedroom.
The country singer, 21, is said to have put a wire in her dorm room to spy on her at Louisiana State University.
He eavesdropped on her phone calls including ones she had with her mother about their break up, legal documents say.
The musician’s voice could allegedly be heard while the device was being planted, the papers claim.
Yesterday Hardy handed himself over to university police and said he was cooperating with officers.
He wrote on social media he had reported to police after the warrant was released and would assist with their investigation.
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.
American Idol winner Laine Hardy, 21, is pictured in his mugshot after being arrested for planting a listening device in his ex-girlfriend’s bedroom
The country singer, 21, is said to have put a wire in her dorm room to spy on her at Louisiana State University
The entertainer explained the situation he’s involved in via social media
The source told WAFB Hardy left a listening device in the female student’s residence to keep tabs on her conversations.
His attorney Frank Holthaus confirmed there were allegations against Hardy but did not clarify their nature.
He said: ‘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.’
He added: ‘Due to the public nature of Mr. Hardy’s profession, we ask for privacy at this time.’ LSU PD also confirmed there was a warrant against Hardy.
Hardy broke the news on social media last night, writing: ‘Earlier today, I received a warrant due to allegations made against me and have been fully cooperative with the Louisiana State University Police Department.
‘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.’
The Baton Rouge, Louisiana native rose to prominence in 2019 when he won the TV competition’s 17th season.
He made headlines last fall when he played a benefit for Volunteer Louisiana and The Louisiana Museum Foundation in the French Quarter in the wake of Hurricane Ida.
The performance was to commemorate the release of his first album, Here’s To Anyone.