Idol winner Laine Hardy accused of bugging her ex’s dorm

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — “American Idol” winner Laine Hardy was arrested Friday after being charged with putting a listening device in her ex-girlfriend’s college dorm, authorities said .

Hardy, 21, of Livingston, Louisiana, is facing a charge of interception and disclosure of electronic, electronic or oral communications, Louisiana State University spokesman Ernie Ballard said. Hardy turned himself in to the LSU Police Department and was taken to the East Baton Rouge Parish Jail.

A spokesperson for Hardy, who is not an LSU student, did not immediately respond to an email seeking comment.

Hardy’s attorney, C. Frank Holthaus, said in a statement to USA Today that his client “has been and will continue to be fully cooperative with the Louisiana State University Police Department on this matter.” .

Holthaus did not immediately respond to a phone message from The Associated Press seeking comment.

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. had not 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,” a police affidavit said. .

Hardy, who won season 17 of talent show “American Idol” in 2019, spoke to his nearly 750,000 followers about the survey in a Facebook post on Thursday.

“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. 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 wrote.

If convicted, Hardy faces a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison and a $10,000 fine.

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