American Idol winner Laine Hardy announced Thursday that the Louisiana State University Police Department is investigating him.
Hardy, 21, revealed the news in a Facebook post Thursday night, saying the LSUPD had “issued a warrant for my arrest based on allegations made against me.”
The country crooner didn’t specify what he was accused of, but noted that he was “fully co-operative” with the police, as more than 12,000 of his fans posted reactions and messages of support.
“I understand that my career has put me in the public spotlight and I accept that with all my heart as my whole world belongs to my music and my fans,” wrote Hardy, who premiered the 17th season of ABC’s “Idol” in 2019. and is known for his hits “Memorize You” and “Flame”.
His post 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 with their investigation if necessary.”
Baton Rouge-based authorities and university officials told the Post they could “confirm that there is an active investigation with LSU police” and “may be able to provide more information later today.”
Hardy’s reps told the Post they could not comment on the “pending investigation.”
However, his attorney, C. Frank Holthaus, confirmed that “Mr. Hardy received an arrest warrant [Thursday] and has been and will be fully cooperative with the Baton Rouge Police Department in this matter. Due to the public nature of Mr. Hardy’s profession, we request privacy at this time.”
Hardy — a native of Livingston, Louisiana — also made headlines in June 2020 when he announced he would test positive for COVID-19.
“I didn’t expect that on the first day of summer,” he posted on Facebook at the time. “My doctor has confirmed that I have coronavirus but my symptoms are mild and I am recovering in quarantine at home. Everyone stay safe and healthy!”