BREAKING: ‘American Idol’ Winner Laine Hardy Speaks Out After Warrant Issued For His Arrest

Laine Hardy; Photo by Robby Klein
Laine Hardy; Photo by Robby Klein

American Idol winner Laine Hardy was issued a warrant from Louisiana State University Police Department (LSUPD) for his arrest on Thursday, April 28. 

The Louisiana native took to social media late Thursday evening to share a statement after a warrant was issued for his arrest.

While Hardy did not divulge details regarding the warrant, he shared the following statement:

“Earlier today, I received a warrant due to allegations made against me and have been fully cooperative with the Louisiana State University Police Department,” Hardy wrote. “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.”

He 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.”

In addition to Hardy’s statement, a representative for Hardy shared a statement from his attorney, C Frank Holthaus.

“I can confirm that Mr. Hardy did receive a warrant for his arrest earlier today and has been and will continue to be completely cooperative with the Louisiana State University Police Department on this matter,” Holthaus said. “Due to the public nature of Mr. Hardy’s profession, we ask for privacy at this time.”


His debut album, Here’s To Anyone, features 11 tracks and was released in September of 2021. Among the track list is his single, “Memorize You,” as well as previous releases such as “Tiny Town,” “The Other LA,” and “Let There Be Country.”

Laine Hardy first rose to fame in 2019 on American Idol where he was crowned winner of Season 17.

Laine Hardy; Photo by David Bradley
Laine Hardy; Photo by David Bradley

We have reached out to LSU Police Department and American Idol for statements. 

Hardy is set to return to the American Idol stage for the Great Idol Reunion on Monday, May 2, where he is expected to perform a duet alongside Laci Kaye Booth. However, it is now unclear if Hardy will still appear on the show.

The story is developing.