'American Idol' alum allegedly punched bouncer at Palatine bar

(Palatine Police Department)

A former "American Idol" contestant from the northwest suburbs was arrested Saturday and charged in the battery of a bouncer at a bar in Palatine.

Haley Reinhart, a 26-year-old who placed third in the 10th season of "American Idol," was charged with one count of battery, according to a statement from Palatine police. She was released on her own recognizance and scheduled to appear in court Aug. 2 in Rolling Meadows.

Officers were called about 2 a.m. to a report of unwanted patrons at the Lamplighter Inn Tavern & Grille at 60 N. Bothwell St. in Palatine, police said. The bar staff had asked several patrons to leave after knocking over a table.

Reinhart started arguing with a security guard while the group was being escorted out, police said. She then struck the guard "in the head with a closed fist."

The singer's attorney, Dina LaPolt, released this statement:

"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."

Reinhart is originally from northwest suburban Wheeling, but now lives in Los Angeles, according to the singer's official Facebook Page.

WLS-TV contributed to this report.

(Source: Sun-Times Media Wire - Copyright Chicago Sun-Times 2017.)

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