Laine Hardy, the winner of “American Idol” season 17 in 2019, disclosed on Thursday that he is being investigated by the Louisiana State University Police Department. On April 28, the LSU Police Department issued a warrant for Hardy, 21. Hardy used social media to keep his fans informed about the probe. In his statement, he claimed that he had been served with a warrant after being suspected of a sensitive topic. The musician did not respond to the allegations made against him.
Hardy is accused of secretly filming a pupil by leaving a device in their room, according to reports made to the Advocate by a source. A complaint was recently filed, according to university records, alleging unlawful wire, electronic, and oral communications interception and dissemination. It was unclear whether Hardy’s incarceration was related to the April 7 complaint. The source requested anonymity because they were not allowed to discuss the situation until Hardy’s formal processing, which was set for Friday morning.
Hardy in a Twitter post wrote, “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.”
Hardy has released several songs and albums since winning American Idol. His songs include Blue Christmas, Flame, Ground I Grew Up On, Tiny Town, Other LA, and Let There Be Country, to name a few. Last year, he gained prominence when he sang his song Memorize You on ABC’s The Bachelor. Hardy grew up with his brother Kyle and sister Brittany in Livingston, Texas. His mother Cindy Lou is a realtor, while his father Barry works for a construction company as a general contractor.