American Idol season 10 3rd place finisher Haley Reinhart was arrested for battery over the weekend. According to TMZ:
Former “American Idol” contestant Haley Reinhart got busted for punching a bouncer in the head … TMZ has learned.
Cops say Haley got arrested early Saturday morning at a suburban Chicago pub called the Lamplighter Inn. Officers showed up around 2 AM after bouncers tossed Haley and some friends for knocking over a table. Cops say as they were being shown the door — Haley, who stands at a generous 5’2″ — uncorked a closed fist on the bouncer.
She was taken into custody and booked for battery.
The incident took place in Palatine Illinois, not far from Haley’s hometown, Wheeling. Haley’s attorney, Dina LaPolt, released a statement denying the allegations. Via Variety:
Without provocation, Haley Reinhart was assaulted by bouncers at the Lamplighter Inn. After forcefully removing Ms. Reinhart, they violently beat her friend, who sustained multiple injuries. We believe that she will be exonerated of all charges once the investigation is completed. We plan on taking legal action against all those who were involved in this unfortunate incident.
A court date has been set for Aug. 2 at Cook County Circuit Court in Rolling Meadows, Ill. Haley’s upcoming album, What’s That Sound, a collection of ’60s covers and new songs, is due out on Concord Records on Sept. 22.