By Bret Lewis – April 29, 2022
“American Idol” winner Laine Hardy announced today (Thursday) that he is currently under investigation by the college campus’ LSU Police Department.
The country crooner did not say specifically what he was accused of but says he was “fully cooperative” with police as more than 12,000 of his fans posted reactions and messages of support for the singer.
“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,” wrote Laine, who is the winner of season 17 ABC’s “Idol” in 2019 and is well-known for his hit songs “Memorize You” and “Flame.”.
In his post it continued, “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.”
The university spokesman Ernie Ballard told Media Music News they can “confirm there is an active investigation with LSU Police” and they “may be able to provide more information later today.”
Representatives for Hardy told Media Music News they could not comment on the “pending investigation.”
However, the ‘In The Bayou’ singer’s attorney C. Frank Holthaus confirmed that “Mr. Hardy did receive a warrant for his arrest Thursday and has been and will continue to be completely cooperative with the Baton Rouge Police Department on this matter. Due to the public nature of Mr. Hardy’s profession, we ask for privacy at this time.”
Laine Hardy — originally born in Livingston, Louisiana — also made headlines in June 2020 when he and his rumored then-girlfriend Sydney Taylor, an Louisiana State University student and then-reigning Miss Teen Louisiana, disclosed that they had tested positive for COVID-19.
“This isn’t what I expected on the first day of summer,” the singer posted on Facebook at the time. “My doctor confirmed I have Coronavirus, but my symptoms are mild and I’m home recovering in quarantine. Y’all stay safe & healthy!”
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