Ashanti Grilled By Her Stalker in Court: “It Was Horrible”

Back in June (2014), a Manhattan judge granted the man accused of stalking and harassing R&B singer Ashanti and her family the right to self-representation after he made several complaints about how his attorney, Glenn Hardy, was handling his case.

On Tuesday, Ashanti took the stand and fielded questions from the delusional man, which we’re thinking, was a very uncomfortable moment.

Devar Hurd is facing 10 counts, including criminal contempt and felony stalking, after allegedly breaking the terms of a restraining order by bombarding Ashanti with sexually explicit messages on Twitter. He also showed up at two of her sister's charity events in 2012, even posing for a picture with her.

During his cross-examination, Hurd made suggestions that his messages were not offensive, and that they were no different from any of Ashanti’s 1.7 million Twitter followers. He also said that she could have blocked his messages if they were disturbing.

"It made me feel very uncomfortable," she testified. "It makes me very nervous and scared. It just doesn't seem like a normal person."

"It was horrible," Ashanti said while leaving the court.

The 36-year-old, who is said to be an aspiring rapper, model and fitness trainer, was convicted and for two years jailed in 2009 for sending lewd messages and photos to the “I Got It” singer’s manager and mother, Tina Douglas, who also testified on Tuesday.

"You're here why exactly?" Hurd asked her on cross-examination. "Because you're stalking my daughter," Tina Douglas shot back. "You violated that order of protection, and I'm frightened for my family, especially Ashanti."


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