American Idol winner Laine Hardy accused of bugging her ex’s dorm

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“American Idol” winner Laine Hardy was arrested Friday on charges of planting a listening device in her ex-girlfriend’s Louisiana dorm, authorities say.

He turned himself in to the LSU Police Department and was taken to the East Baton Rouge Parish Jail. Hardy is not a student at the school.

Hardy, 21, faces a charge of interception and disclosure of electronic, electronic or oral communications, a university spokesperson said.

Laine Hardy performs during the 2019 KAABOO in San Diego on September 14, 2019. Hardy was arrested on Friday after being charged with placing a listening device in his ex-girlfriend’s college dorm at LSU.
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The Louisiana native took to social media to respond to the allegation on Thursday.

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“I understand that my career has propelled me into the public spotlight, and I wholeheartedly embrace that because my whole world belongs to my music and my fans,” he said.

“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 in their investigation if necessary moving forward. .”

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According to the arrest warrant, a woman and her roommate found a recording device in their dorm on April 6. The next day, they reported the find to LSU police. The woman told police she found the device, which looked like a phone charger, under her futon, according to the warrant.

season 17 "american idol" the winner faces a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison and a $10,000 fine if convicted.
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The Season 17 “American Idol” winner faces a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison and a $10,000 fine if convicted.
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She told officers she believed her ex-boyfriend, Hardy, had left the device in her room earlier because he seemed to know details about what was going on in her life even though she didn’t. had not spoken. Police said they later found evidence of secret recordings made over 10 days in February, according to the warrant.

“The victim said she immediately confronted him, to which he confessed to her that he left a ‘bug’ in his bedroom but threw it in his pond,” an affidavit read. of the font.

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Hardy’s attorney, C. Frank Holthaus, told USA Today that Hardy “has been and will continue to be completely cooperative.”

The Season 17 “American Idol” winner faces a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison and a $10,000 fine if convicted.

The Associated Press contributed to this report

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