AMERICAN Idol winner Laine Hardy has had an arrest warrant issued by Louisiana State University police, according to a statement from the star.
On Thursday, the Louisiana native confirmed he was the subject of an ongoing criminal investigation.
Laine, 21, released a statement on the legal matter on his official Facebook page.
His post reads: “Earlier this morning I was issued with an arrest warrant relating to the allegations against me and have fully cooperated with the Louisiana State University Police Department.
“I understand that my career has put me in the public spotlight and I wholeheartedly embrace that as my whole world belongs to my music and my fans.”
The musician continued, “However, due to the sensitive nature of this allegation, I humbly request privacy at this time.”
Laine concluded, “I have the utmost respect for the law and will assist with her investigation if necessary.”
He shared the same statement Twitter and Instagram, which elicited kind words from fans.
LSU confirmed to WAFB that there is an active investigation into the singer, but declined to give further details.
The artist was thrust into the limelight when he appeared on the singing competition series in season 17.
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He won the show and continues to perform.
Laine did not provide any further details about the warrant or the complaint that led to it.
Per The Advocate, LSU spokesman Ernie Ballard previously revealed in a statement Thursday morning that police on campus were working on an investigation into someone named Laine Hardy.
When asked if he was referring to the actor, he replied via text message, “That’s my understanding.”
According to the broadcaster, further information will be published on Friday.
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Laine was born in Baton Rouge and continues to live in Louisiana.
The DSDS winner now lives in Livingston Parish.
He is a country singer, his first album – Here’s to Everyone – was released in 2021.
Hours before confirming the news that he was the subject of a police investigation, Laine shared a video of himself playing the guitar.
He captioned the post: “Playing around…”
It’s currently unclear if Laine is a student at LSU or if it’s someone who is.
In 2020, Laine went on a virtual tour amid the coronavirus pandemic.
He had more than 15 online stops between April and May on his “Ground I Grew Up On” virtual tour, named after his most recent single.
Laine admitted his virtual shows – which have been watched by more than 2 million viewers – felt “weird” at first, but he realized they’re a “great way to connect with fans.”
“It’s definitely different than being on the road. It’s a great way to connect with my fans,” he previously told People.
“I am very pleased to be able to get in touch with them in this way. It’s really different. I’ve never done this before…”
Laine auditioned for American Idol for the first time in 2018, but didn’t make the top 50 at the time.
He had no plans to try again the following year but decided to try again with the encouragement of judges Katy Perry, Luke Bryan and Lionel Richie.
The second time, he emerged victorious.
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