By Brian Ives
A judge in Wayne County, Michigan, has just signed off on an arrest warrant for R&B legend Anita Baker, according to CBS Detroit. This comes a week after the 56-year-old Baker failed to appear in court for a hearing in a civil lawsuit.
Ray A. Smith Painting & Decorating claims Baker owes over $15,000 for work done on her Grosse Pointe, Michigan home in 2009. Their attorney, Daniel Gerow, was granted the warrant after Baker failed to pay for work on her sprawling home on Lake St. Clair in Grosse Pointe.
“I don’t want to see anyone go to jail, I just want to see my client get paid,” Gerow told The Detroit News. “I think she’s a talented singer, but she needs to take care of her obligations.”
In response, Baker tweeted, “WHATTT??!!… sittin’ in the kitchen watching this on TV. BIG time crazy. Atty on his way to TV Station. Devil sho is busy.”
According to CBS Detroit, Baker’s lawyer, Jamal Hamood, said he plans to file a motion today (March 21) to cancel the warrant. Hamood said Baker wasn’t served with papers and didn’t know she had been sued in 2011 by the company. He added that Baker is out of town and will remain so until the warrant issue is cleared up.
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This isn’t Baker’s first financial battle, according to The Detroit News, who reports that she has been hit in the past with liens for $465,733 in unpaid federal taxes, $15,952 in unpaid state taxes and $3,470 owed to Pella Window & Door, according to county records; she also nearly went to jail when when a judge presiding over her 2008 divorce accused her of delaying the proceedings by not signing documents related to the case.