By News One February 19, 2010 8:57 am
NEW YORK (CBS/AP) Ashanti’s alleged stalker, Devar Hurd, was convicted Tuesday of harassing Ashanti’s mother with a flurry of dirty photos and lewd text messages about the Grammy Award-winning R&B star.
The would-be rapper, sometime model and Indiana car salesman shook his head as a Manhattan jury delivered its verdict after two days of deliberations, finding him guilty of stalking and aggravated harassment for messages the singer’s mother called scary and disgusting.
Hurd said he thought the crude messages, photos of his genitals and a picture of the home where Ashanti’s family lives were welcome.
The 31-year-old is being held without bail until his sentencing, set for Jan. 11. He faces up to two years in prison. His lawyer, Richard Verchick, left court without speaking to reporters and didn’t immediately return a phone call afterward.
Ashanti’s mother, Tina Douglas, told jurors she didn’t know Hurd when he began calling her and leaving messages recounting bizarre and rambling sexual fantasies about the singer. Douglas manages her daughter’s multiplatinum-selling career.
Douglas said she told Hurd to leave her alone but he went on to send dozens of revolting text messages and pictures.
“It was just disgusting and humiliating and extremely frightening,” Douglas testified, adding that she pulled Ashanti out of a rehearsal of “The Wiz” after Hurd sent a message that mentioned seeing the singer’s car outside the theater.