Ashanti came face-to-face with her accused stalker for the first time when he cross-examined her on the witness stand Tuesday (Dec. 16).
The singer testified for nearly an hour, answering questions from Devar Hurd (who is representing himself) and detailing being “disgusted” by the lewd messages he sent over social media, reports the Associated Press.
Hurd was originally convicted of stalking Ashanti in 2009. He’s back in jail for violating a protective order meant to keep him away from the 34-year-old star and her family until 2020. After serving a couple years, Hurd went right back to harassing Ashanti, sending her more than 500 explicit messages on Twitter over the span of a year, calling her mother/manager, Tina Douglas, and showing up at her little sister’s events.
“You violated the protective order,” she said to him.
Further in her testimony, Ashanti explained the terror she felt. “I didn’t know what he was capable of,” she confessed. "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 has been diagnosed as being delusional and routinely displays erratic behavior. During opening statements Monday, he called the incessant message to Ashanti his way of conversing with her about “consensual sex, lovemaking and emotional heartbreak.”
He went on to question why she never blocked him on Twitter and read some of the messages aloud asking her, “Did you read that one?”
Ashanti called the court experience “horrible.”
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