Ashanti has a stalker!
Devar Hurd told the court he believed he was in a relationship with the singer when he contacted her, disobeying his restraining order.
The 37-year-old had been banned from getting in touch with Ashanti and her family in 2009, when he was jailed for two years for stalking and aggravated harassment.
Recently she has been forced to come face-to-face with her stalker at his retrial for ‘sending graphic sexual messages to the star and following her younger sister’.
According to prosecutors Hurd turned up at events organized by Ashanti’s younger sister, Kenashia Douglas, while also sending Ashanti hundreds of tweets from fake twitter accounts.
‘She thought I was two-timing her, that I wasn’t being loyal and trustworthy as I claimed to be to her,’ Hurd stated in his opening statement, reported New York Daily News.
Hurd originally faced trial for the current charges last December when Ashanti told him she had been repulsed and frightened to learn he’d been tweeting her X-rated messages.
Due to Hurd’s illness, his case had to be rescheduled for later on in the year.
The R&B singer said she had been appalled by the prospect of facing her stalker again. ‘I’m shocked and horrified at the thought of going through this ordeal again, but I will do whatever it takes to make sure my family is safe and that justice is served,’ she said at the time.
Assistant district attorney, Kathryn Werner, said that Hurd had deliberately ignored the restraining order which said not to contact Ashanti, her sister or parents until 2020, by messaging the star.
His relentless campaign had left the family terrified,” Werner said.
‘They still live in fear of the defendant,’ he told New York Daily News.‘ Ashanti still hires extra security for her protection when she is in New York to ensure the defendant is kept away from her.’
‘I didn’t know what he was capable of,’ she said at the trial last year. ‘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.’
‘To be at a family event with my mom and to have a person coming at you so derogatory, it was disgusting,’ Ashanti had said in December when she was receiving X-rated tweets from the fan.
Hurd argued that his tweets did no harm, and she could have blocked him if she found them upsetting. He says they were about ‘consensual sex, lovemaking and emotional heartbreak.’
If convicted, Hurd could face up to four years in prison if convicted.
We wish you and your family the best of luck, Ashanti!