Ashanti Stalker Convicted of Harassment

Wanna-be rapper sent lewd messages to artist's mom

Wednesday, Dec 23, 2009  |  Updated 7:06 AM CDT
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A rapper wanna-be was convicted of sending a slew of lewd photos an texts to the mother of Grammy-winning artist Ashanti.

Devar Hurd, 31, was found guilty of stalking and aggravated harassment and faces up to two years in jail for his attempts to court the R&B beauty by sending tawdry messages and X-rated pictures he said were "for the ladies" to the artist's mother and manager, Tina Douglas.
    
His sentencing is set for Jan. 11 in a Manhattan court.
    
Hurd said last week that he wanted to meet Ashanti after the two made eye contact at a 2003 concert in Chicago. He left  voicemails for Douglas then began bombarding her with texts and then photos of his genitals, according to the New York Daily News.

The sometime-model and car salesman said he thought the messages were welcome and he meant them as a joke.

Ashanti was raised in Glen Cove, Long Island. The multiplatinum-selling singer got her first record deal at 14; her hits include "Foolish" and "Only U." She has appeared in films including "Coach Carter" and "John Tucker Must Die."
 

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