Ashanti's mom gets threats

NEW YORK (AP) - Authorities say an Indiana man deluged Ashanti's
mother with crude text messages about the singer and a photograph
of the mother's home.

Devar Hurd could go to trial in Manhattan next week on stalking
and aggravated harassment charges.

Authorities say he sent dozens of messages before his July
arrest to the cell phones of Ashanti's mother, Tina Douglas, and
her husband.

They say the messages gushed lewdly about Ashanti's performances
and lamented her relationship with the rapper Nelly. Authorities
say one message asked about visiting her mother's home, and
included a photo.

The 31-year-old Hurd has pleaded not guilty and is being held on
$50,000 bond. His lawyer declined comment. An Ashanti spokeswoman
says the singer feels authorities have addressed the issue.

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