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Ashanti finds alleged stalker trial 'annoying'

R&B star Ashanti is ready to be done with the trial of her alleged stalker, deeming the five-year ordeal "annoying".

The Mesmerize hitmaker has been in and out of court since 2009, when Devar Hurd was convicted of stalking and aggravated harassment after sending a string of lewd messages to Ashanti's mother Tina Douglas and sister Kenashia Douglas.


Hurd completed the two-year sentence in 2012 and was banned from contacting Ashanti and her family, but he allegedly broke the terms of the restraining order in 2013 by sending sexually explicit messages to the Grammy winner on Twitter.com.


He was originally indicted on charges of aggravated harassment and stalking, but after a mistrial in December (14), Hurd was hit with additional felony and misdemeanor contempt charges last month (Feb15), and now faces up to four years behind bars.


In an interview with newswoman Meredith Vieira on her talk show, which airs on Friday (13Mar15), Ashanti opens up about the long ordeal, insisting she is keen to put the legal wrangling behind her.


She explains, "It's not fun, it's a little kooky. It's very annoying to continue to take off from what I have to do with work for court and stuff. I think we have to go back to court again this month and I am not thrilled at all. I had to learn how to reserve myself because it's a lot of frustration. It's just not pleasant at all.


"At this point you don't know how far someone will go. I have a mouth on me, if I say something a little crazy I don't know what's going to happen after that so just be strong and keep your composure."