American Idol winner Laine Hardy is most likely singing the blues on Friday after she was jailed for planting a listening device in a Louisiana State University student’s dorm.
The 21-year-old country crooner announced Thursday that he is under criminal investigation by the LSU police department — but did not reveal any other information.
However, on Friday morning, LSU spokesman Ernie Ballard confirmed Hardy’s arrest in a statement to The Post:
“Laine Reed Hardy (non-LSU student) was arrested today by LSU police and committed to East Baton Rouge Community Jail for violating 15:1303 – Interception and Disclosure of Wireless, Electronic or Oral Communications. His arrest warrant has been filed with the court clerk.”
The singer is accused of leaving a listening device at his ex-girlfriend’s campus accommodation at Azalea Hall to “monitor their conversations” when they split after dating from November 2021 to February 2022.
According to the prison records, “The victim pointed out that last night while she was watching a movie with her roommate, [they] “Found what appeared to be a phone charger under the victim’s futon.” After googling the device, “she learned it was a VR-500 Voice Activated Recorder.”
Hardy didn’t respond to the Post’s requests for comment before surrendering to authorities this morning – but he spoke to his 737,000 followers on Facebook last night and said the LSUPD had “issued a warrant for my arrest based on allegations made against me”.
He did not specify what he was accused of, but noted that he was “fully cooperative” 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.”
Hardy’s booking document went on to say that in mid-February, “the victim … found a fake Instagram on the defendant’s phone, which he used to cover up that he illegally recorded her when he was away.”
The documents also indicate that Hardy “had information about the victim and her actions during the Christmas holidays that was not known to the defendant.” When the student “confronted” Hardy, “he admitted he left a ‘bug’ in her room and later disposed of it in his pond,” the report said.
After the victim discovered the device while still in her room, she turned it over to LSUPD, at which point authorities found audio of his “distinctive voice” and heard his name being repeated by other parties. On the penultimate tape, dated February 2, the “victim can be heard telling someone how she found out the defendant took her in” — but she “doesn’t know if the bug is still in her room.”
When contacted for comment on the allegations, 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 and alleged then-girlfriend Sydney Taylor, an LSU student and Miss Teen Louisiana, revealed they had tested 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!”