Ashanti Faces Stalker Fan at Second Trial


Ashanti came face to face with a crazed fan accused of stalking and harassing her family for years on Monday.

Devar Hurd, who was convicted in 2009 for sending X-rated images of himself and lewd messages to Ashanti’s mother with claims they were meant for Ashanti, is charged with stalking and criminal contempt, among other similar charges.

The Grammy-winning R&B singer testified against Hurd, describing how the experience has affected her life, as well as the lives of her family.

“To be at a family event with my mom and to have a person coming at you so derogatory, it was disgusting,” Ashanti said, briefly wiping at an eye.

“I didn’t know what he was capable of,” added Ashanti, who said she’d hired extra security guards after realizing Hurd was contacting the family again. “I know sometimes when a person gets rejected, that emotion turns into, you know, dangerous feelings and dangerous actions, and I didn’t want it to go to a new level, so I was really, really scared.”

Hurd, who represented himself,  argued that he did no harm contacting the singer and that she welcomed his raunchy tweets because she didn’t block him.

“I believe evidence will show me tweet (about) adult-to-adult consensual sex, lovemaking and emotional heartbreak with the same complainant,” Hurd said.

Concerning Ashanti’s Twitter account, Hurd said, “I am one of Ashanti’s 1.75 million Twitter followers — people that she allows to tweet her, retweet her or respond to her on the uncensored social media site designed just for that — socializing at your discretion.”

He went on to say, “I simply had non-violent, non-threatening written communication on a site made just for socializing,” and added, “She has the ability to stop me if she wants to — quick block button.”

Hurd spent about two years in jail on his initial stalking and aggravated harassment conviction, and he was ordered not to contact Ashanti, her sister or her parents until 2020. He now faces similar charges again.

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