A man accused of stalking ASHANTI has been granted the opportunity to represent himself at his own trial.
Devar Hurd is facing 10 counts, including criminal contempt and felony stalking, after allegedly breaking the terms of a restraining order by bombarding the Always On Time singer with sexually explicit messages on Twitter.com.
He had been banned from contacting Ashanti and her family after completing a two-year prison sentence in 2012 for sending similar lewd notes to her manager mother, Tina Douglas.
Hurd, who has pleaded not guilty to the accusations, appeared in New York's Manhattan Supreme Court on Thursday (05Jun14), when Justice Charles Solomon allowed the suspect the right to self-representation.
The defendant had previously complained about the way his attorney, Glenn Hardy, had handled the case so far. Hardy will remain as Hurd's legal advisor, reports the New York Daily News.
Pre-trial hearings are set to take place next Wednesday (11Jun14).