-- A mistrial was declared Thursday in a stalking trial involving R&B star Ashanti, meaning the Grammy winner could be forced to face her accused stalker in court again as early as next month.
A juror’s illness prompted a Manhattan judge to declare a mistrial.
Devar Hurd, 36, was convicted in 2009 of stalking Ashanti Douglas, 34, by sending repeated lewd messages and photos to her family. He spent about two years behind bars after that conviction.
He faces up to four years in jail if convicted on the new charges, which include stalking, aggravated harassment and contempt of court.
At the recent trial, Hurd represented himself, meaning he was able to cross-examine Ashanti, a difficult process for the singer.
“It was a horrible feeling. And to actually see him, you know, for the first time, really face-to-face, it was just like, 'I can’t believe this is really happening right now,'” she said in an exclusive interview with ABC News.
Watch the interview Saturday on "Good Morning America."
Prosecutors say Hurd violated a longstanding restraining order by sending more than 100 sexually explicit messages and photos to Ashanti’s Twitter account after he was released from prison -- even approaching the singer’s sister to pose for a photograph.
“When it comes to my family and my sister, all bets are off, you know?” Ashanti said. “So when I saw that, I was just like ... I was infuriated.”
Hurd maintains his innocence, arguing his tweets were consensual because Ashanti did not block him on the social media platform. Hurd’s court-appointed adviser, Michael Fineman, called the charges against Hurd “extreme.”
“He’s not risen to the level of following her or going to places where she’s been,” Fineman said.
But that’s not good enough for Ashanti.
“That’s the scariest part, because you don’t know what he’s capable of,” she said. “Again, when a person doesn’t understand ‘no’ and they get rejected again, and then on a bigger platform. It’s like, what are they gonna do next?”
Ashanti is best known for hit songs such as “Foolish,” “What’s Luv?” and “Always on Time.”