Ashanti stalking trial begins

December 16, 2014 11:13 PM

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Ashanti stalking trial begins

When a delusional Ashanti fan was sentenced to jail for spinning lewd fantasies about her in text messages to her mother, he said he would “always wish the best” for the Grammy-winning R&B singer. Five years later, Devar Hurd is on trial again on charges of stalking Ashanti by sending the singer X-rated tweets and posing for a photo with her sister at a charity event, despite a court order not to contact them at all.

And this time, the multiplatinum-selling singer is facing the prospect of an unusual encounter in a NYC courtroom with a man the family says has harassed and frightened it for years — he’s representing himself. “You’re here why exactly?” Hurd asked the singer’s mother-manager, Tina Douglas, on Tuesd...

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