A delusional fan who unleashed his crude fantasies about Ashanti in a battery of text messages to her mother was sentenced yesterday to 2 years in jail, though his judge rued not being able to send him to psychological treatment instead.
A downcast Devar Hurd said he didn't mean to annoy or alarm the Grammy Award-winning R&B singer and her family when he sent the messages. Some included photos of his genitals and a picture of the family's Glen Cove home with a comment about stopping by to visit, The Associated Press reports.
"My intent was not to harm," he told the judge. "I always wish the best for [Ashanti]." Hurd, 31, was convicted in December of stalking and aggravated harassment. Ashanti's mother and manager, Tina Douglas, said she was glad to see the case closed with his sentencing.
"We're really so glad to have this behind us, and we feel justice has been served," she said through a spokeswoman.
Douglas told jurors the messages disgusted her and spurred her to hire extra security personnel. One message envisioned Hurd someday living with the multiplatinum-selling singer; another said his mental state "is very fragile with all this."
Hurd said the messages were intended as friendly repartee, "sex texting" and jokes, and he didn't think Douglas would mind them.