‘American Idol’ winner Laine Hardy charged with eavesdropping in ex-girlfriend’s dorm

American Idol winner Laine Hardy was arrested Friday after an ex-girlfriend accused the singer of bugging her dorm room, according to a warrant.

Hardy, who won season 17 of the popular singing competition in 2019, was incarcerated at East Baton Rouge Parish Prison on charges of intercepting and disclosing wire, electronic or verbal communications after LSU police arrested him, a school spokesperson said. to NBC News.

It was not clear Friday whether he had a lawyer in the case.

The arrest came hours after Hardy said in social media posts that he cooperated with LSU police after a “sensitive” accusation was leveled against him. He gave no further details.

An LSU spokesperson confirmed there was an “active investigation” with police at the school involving the singer, but declined to discuss the matter Thursday night.

According to the warrant, police were called to Azalea Hall on April 7 after the ex-girlfriend discovered a recording device in her room.

“The victim stated that after googling the device, she discovered it was a VR-500 voice-activated recorder,” the warrant reads. “The victim reported that she believes the person who left the file there is her ex-boyfriend/defendant (Laine Hardy).”

She told authorities that she and Hardy dated from November 2021 to February. Hardy, 21, grew up in Livingston, Louisiana, east of Baton Rouge, where LSU is located. He is not a student at the school, the university said.

“The victim said she found a fake Instagram account on the defendant’s phone over the weekend of Feb. 18 that he used to hide that he was recording her illegally when he was away,” the warrant reads. . “Note that Defendant had information about the victim and her actions during the Christmas break that was not known to Defendant.”

The woman said she “immediately confronted him, whereupon he admitted to leaving a ‘bug’ in her room, but later tossing it into his pond,” the warrant said.

The February shooting took place at approximately five-hour intervals, the warrant says.

The first recording of Feb. 10 shows audible sounds such as vehicles, walking, entering an elevator and talking between people, including “what sounds may be the suspect,” according to the warrant. “Note that the defendant is a music artist, popular for winning American Idol and has a very recognizable voice. The defendant’s name, Laine, is also heard several times.’

On another recording, dated Feb. 20, the warrant said the “victim heard someone tell how she found out the defendant was recording her and she doesn’t know if the ‘bug’ is still in the room.”

In the messagesHardy said he understood “that my career has pushed me into the public spotlight, and I embrace that wholeheartedly as my whole world belongs to my music and my fans.”

He added: “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 investigations if needed.”

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