The 21-year-old country crooner revealed that the LSUPD had “issued a warrant for my arrest based on allegations made against me.”
Laine Hardy, winner of season 17 of “American Idol,” announced Thursday, April 28, that he is under investigation by the Louisiana State University Police Department.
The 21-year-old country singer made the announcement in a Facebook post Thursday night, saying the LSUPD had “issued a warrant for my arrest based on allegations made against me.” While Hardy did not specify the exact nature of the allegations against him, he did note that he was “fully cooperative,” prompting thousands of his fans to post messages of support.
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“Earlier this morning I was issued a warrant for my arrest based on the allegations against me and have fully cooperated with the Louisiana State University Police Department,” Laine wrote on Facebook. “I understand that my career has put me in the public spotlight and I wholeheartedly accept that as my whole world belongs to my music and my fans.” The singer continued, “Due to the sensitive nature of this allegation, please however humble to privacy at this time. I have the utmost respect for the law and will assist in their investigation if necessary.”
Speaking to WAFB, an LSU official confirmed there was an active investigation into Laine, but declined to provide further details. Meanwhile, LSU spokesman Ernie Ballard told The Advocate Thursday that more information on the case would be released on Friday, April 29.
Hardy, a native of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, rose to fame in 2019 after winning season 17 of the popular reality TV show. He initially auditioned for the 16th season of ‘American Idol’ in 2018 but failed to make the top 20. However, the following season he returned to audition with a friend and ended up winning the show. The 21-year-old signed to Hollywood Records/19 Recordings and released the album Here’s to Anybody last year. Since then he has been touring and is also a special tourist ambassador for his home state.
Last fall, the country music singer made headlines after performing a benefit concert for Volunteer Louisiana and the Louisiana Museum Foundation in the French Quarter in the wake of Hurricane Ida. The performance also commemorated the release of his first album. “Hurricane Ida hit my home state hard,” Hardy said at the time. “So many people have been affected and we wanted to find a way to help. I can’t think of a better way to celebrate my birthday than playing a show for everyone.”
Billy Nungesser, Lt. gov. of Louisiana, praised the star, saying, “He could have celebrated the release of his first album anywhere, but he chose to celebrate at the New Orleans Jazz Museum because he loved this state, the people and our unique culture.” His desire to serve his fellow Louisians and raise awareness of the recovery efforts following Hurricane Ida truly demonstrates the outstanding character of this young man and further illustrates why we are fortunate to have him represent our state.”
However, Hardy’s fans will be seeing him at the upcoming “Great Idol Reunion,” which celebrates the 20th season of “American Idol,” which airs Monday, May 2 on ABC alongside his fellow Season 17 country singer Laci Kaye Booth.