Louisiana Native and American Idol Laine Hardy Arrested
Louisiana native Laine Hardy of Livingston has been arrested after a warrant was issued yesterday by LSU Police. Hardy turned himself into the LSU Campus Police and was booked into the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison. The charge is for "Interception and Disclosure of Wire, Electronic, and Oral Communication". Essentially, it means he is allegedly being accused of placing a recording device somewhere to hear conversations.
Hardy's ex-girlfriend and another female found a recording device in their room located in Azalea Hall in early April. The device was described as looking like a charger for a phone and was placed under a piece of furniture in the dorm room. The device was reported to the LSU Campus Police Department. After inspecting the device, detectives found that the device made recordings over a span of almost two weeks during the month of February 2022. The device in question was a VR-500 Voice Activated Recorder. It appears at first glance to be just a simple phone charging bank but has a 150-day battery life, can store 576 hours of audio, and can hear up to 60ft.
Hardy took to Facebook to update his fans on what was going on with the arrest.
Fan's comments were supportive, but the irony of "privacy" did make me chuckle a little bit if what he is being accused of is indeed found to be true.
If found guilty, Hardy could face up to 10 years in prison and a maximum $10,000 fine. Hardy is also scheduled to perform on May 2 for American Idol with Laci Kaye Booth. It is unclear if he will be making that performance since his hands are a bit tied up at the moment.
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