‘Idol’ winner Laine Hardy accused of spying on female LSU student: report

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“American Idol” winner Laine Hardy is accused of planting a listening device in a female student’s residence at Louisiana State University, a local outlet has reported.

The country singer, 21, confirmed Thursday that he was under criminal investigation by the LSU Police Department, but did not disclose any further information.

On Friday morning, however, sources familiar with the case told WAFB-TV that the probe centers around allegations that Hardy was spying on the unnamed female student.

The singer is reportedly accused of leaving a listening device at her campus accommodation in order “to monitor her conversations.”

The Baton Rouge university’s spokesman Ernie Ballard told The Post they can “confirm there is an active investigation with LSU Police” and they “may be able to provide more information later today.”

Hardy has not responded to The Post’s requests for comment — but he did speak to his 737,000 followers on Facebook Thursday night, saying the LSUPD issued “a warrant due to allegations made against me.”

“American Idol” winner Laine Hardy is accused of planting a listening device in a female student’s residence at Louisiana State University, a local outlet has reported. Hardy also made headlines in June 2020 when he and his rumored then-girlfriend Sydney Taylor, an LSU student and Miss Teen Louisiana, revealed that they had tested positive for COVID-19.
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Hardy confirmed Thursday that he was under criminal investigation by the LSU Police Department, but did not disclose any further information.
Hardy confirmed Thursday that he was under criminal investigation by the LSU Police Department, but did not disclose any further information. The singer’s reps told The Post they could not comment on the “pending investigation.”
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He did not specify what he was accused of but noted he was “fully cooperative” with cops as more than 12,000 of his fans posted reactions and messages of support.

“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 Hardy, who won Season 17 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 ask for privacy at this time. I have the utmost respect for the law and will assist in their investigation as needed moving forward.”

Laine Hardy, who won American Idol in 2019, is under investigation by the Louisiana State University Police Department.
Laine Hardy, who won “American Idol” in 2019, is under investigation by the Louisiana State University Police Department.
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Hardy’s reps told The Post they could not comment on the “pending investigation.”

However, his 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.”

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Hardy did not specify what he was accused of.
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Hardy — a native of Livingston, Louisiana — also made headlines in June 2020 when he and his rumored then-girlfriend Sydney Taylor, an LSU student and Miss Teen Louisiana, revealed that they had tested positive for COVID-19.

“This isn’t what I expected on the first day of summer,” he 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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