Grammy-winning R&B singer Ashanti was forced Wednesday to endure a third grilling on the witness stand by her stalker, who is representing himself, about the hundreds of sexually explicit tweets he sent her.
“Why are you here?” Devar Hurd, 37, asked an exasperated Ashanti, 35, who was dragged into Manhattan Supreme Court for the third time in two years to testify against her relentless “fan.”
“To answer the questions you are asking!” she angrily replied. “You violated the order of protection, you went to jail, you came out, and now you’re doing the same thing.”
Hurd — convicted in 2009 of stalking and harassment for sending crotch-shots to Ashanti’s mom — is on trial for writing the “Foolish” crooner hundreds of sexually explicit tweets and posing for a picture with her little sister in violation of a restraining order.
Hurd eagerly pelted Ashanti with question after question during the 30-minute cross-examination before Justice Kirke Bartley Jr.
He challenged the life-long Glen Cove, Long Island resident on whether he’d ever accosted her in person.
“You continuously tweeted over and over again disgusting, derogatory things to me,” she seethed. “I just wish you would stop.”
On direct, Assistant District Attorney Carolina Holderness asked Ashanti how she felt when Hurd tweeted at her in 2013, “I know how our sex life scares u & how emotional sh-t is with u getting ur back blown out by me on a regular.”
“Disgusted,” she replied. “I was afraid of what he was capable of.”
As the singer, whose full name is Ashanti Douglas, left court, wearing a simple black blazer over a white blouse, she said that being questioned by Hurd again was “horrible” and “very upsetting.”
In 2015 a jury deadlocked on the top count of felony stalking, the charge for which he’s being retried, but convicted him of 9 lesser counts.
A year earlier, the “teflon” stalker was granted a mistrial when a juror got sick during deliberations.
Ashanti only realized that her stalker was back in 2013 when a fan pointed him out in an October 2012 picture that he snapped posing with her little sister at an event.
She then combed through her Twitter account and realized the loon had sent her hundreds of pornographic tweets from a handle she didn’t initially recognize.
Hurd could have avoided the latest trial by pleading guilty. He would have gotten time served and been sprung from prison immediately.