‘Idol’ Standout Haley Reinhart Arrested for Allegedly Punching Bouncer
According to TMZ, Reinhart was arrested early Saturday (July 8) morning at a Chicago club after an argument escalated outside of the Lamplight Inn. Reinhart and her friends had been booted from the bar for knocking over a table, and just as the group was being escorted out, Reinhart reportedly wound up and popped one of the bouncers.
She was ultimately taken into custody and booked for battery, TMZ says.
Still, Reinhart's attorney Dina LaPolt insists it was Reinhart and her friends who were attacked, noting "After forcefully removing [Haley] they violently beat her friend, who sustained multiple injuries. We believe that she will be exonerated of all charges once the investigation is completed."
Reinhart also plans to take legal action against the bar and its management.
Reinhart took the bronze on Idol in 2011 and her rendition of "Bennie and the Jets" is considered one of the show's very best performances.
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