‘American Idol’ Season 17 winner Laine Hardy was arrested by the Louisiana State University Police Department on Friday after the singer was charged with bugging her ex’s dorm room – girlfriend with a recording device.
Hardy, 21, was incarcerated in the East Baton Rouge Parish Jail for violation of 15:1303 – interception and disclosure of electronic, electronic, or oral communications. If found guilty, he could face a fine of up to $10,000 and/or a prison term of two to 10 years.
According to the arrest warrant, a woman and her roommate found a recording device in their dorm on April 6. The next day, they reported the find to LSU police. The woman told police she found the device, which looked like a phone charger, under her futon, according to the warrant.
She told officers she believed her ex-boyfriend, Hardy, had left the device in her room earlier because he seemed to know details about what was going on in her life even though she didn’t. hadn’t spoken. Police said they later found evidence of secret recordings made over 10 days in February, according to the warrant.
“The victim said she immediately confronted him, to which he confessed to her that he left a ‘bug’ in his room but threw it in his pond,” an affidavit read. of the font.
Hardy is originally from Louisiana and lives in Livingston Parish. He is not an LSU student.
The ‘Idol’ star confirmed there was a warrant for his arrest in a Facebook post on Thursday, avoiding specifics but noting that an incident of a ‘sensitive nature’ occurred on the LSU campus .
“Earlier today, I received a warrant due to allegations against me and have cooperated fully with the Louisiana State University Police Department,” Hardy wrote. “I understand that my career has propelled me into the public spotlight, and I wholeheartedly embrace that because my whole world belongs to my music and my fans.”
He continued: “However, due to the sensitive nature of this allegation, I humbly request privacy at this time.”
“I have the utmost respect for the law and will assist in their investigation if necessary moving forward,” he said.
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In a statement to USA TODAY, Hardy’s attorney, C Frank Holthaus, said, “Mr. Hardy received an arrest warrant earlier today and has been and will continue to be fully cooperative with the Department of Louisiana State University police about it.”
University representative Ernie Ballard also confirmed the “active investigation” to USA TODAY.
Hardy shot to fame after winning “American Idol” in 2019. It marked the end of a long road on the singing competition for the Livingston, Louisiana native, who previously competed on the show in 2018 but has been knocked out of the Top 50.
He had no plans to try “Idol” again in 2019, but was persuaded to sing for the judges again when he accompanied his friend, Ashton Gill, on guitar during his audition. Although Gill didn’t make it to Hollywood, Hardy took his golden ticket to victory, winning over fans young and old with his throwback song choices and Elvis Presley-esque swagger.
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“I hesitated to take the golden ticket (to Hollywood) and then I thought I’d try again and see how far I could go,” Hardy told USA TODAY after his win. “Throughout the season I had my doubts about it because it was really tough, but I kept doing what I was doing; stressing every day and getting through it.”
Contributor: Patrick Ryan, USA TODAY; The Associated Press