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Anita Baker

Wanted by Police

In Detroit

3/20/2014 2:45 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Anita Baker
-- famous for her 80s hit song "Sweet Love" -- is now a wanted woman in Detroit ... after an arrest warrant was issued for the Grammy-winning singer.

According to court records, the bench warrant was issued yesterday after the singer failed to show up to court for a hearing in her current legal battle with a paint and decorating company.

Ray Smith Painting and Decorating has sued Baker, claiming she owes the company $15,000 for services it performed inside her giant Grosse Pointe home -- and so far, she still hasn't anted up.

We reached out to Anita's camp for comment -- so far, no word back.

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1.

Just My Opinion    

Don't hit a sour note. Be sweet, love, and pay your bill.

167 days ago
2.

Kelly    

How the heck is she being arrested over a civil suit? Why doesn't the judge just against her in absentia? Kinda shocking.

167 days ago
3.

BigJigga304    

Maybe she got caught up in the rapture

167 days ago
4.

Lee    

A surprising winner of the Bieber does not want to pay little people award.

167 days ago
5.

Shoozie    

When you contract a job, part of the contract is to PAY THEM!!

167 days ago
6.

BLUE UGLY 💩    

Free Anita

167 days ago
7.

Brian    

Why issue a warrant over that? Just give them the win and she owes them the money. Isn't that what usually happens? You don't show up in court and you lose.

167 days ago
8.

Dave     

I saw her interviewed. She feels above paying her bills and deserves freebies . In the Detroit area people think she's a flipping douche as she feel deserving and entitled to screw people over. Another non paying joke of a wannabe celebrity. She should suck an egg. ... No really...pick up an egg and suck it!

167 days ago
9.

AllieHughes    

Only in this backwards country called America. No warrants for all the child molesters though. A million missing kids and adults each year never to be seen again. Great priorities.

167 days ago
10.

msburton24    

'Cause baby, she a thug....naw, I love Anita, but you gotta handle your business. Hope this gets resolved asap!!!

167 days ago
11.

Barbarascy    

Let me understand this. They are wasting public tax dollars and resources over a civil matter. The police have better things to do than these types of things.

167 days ago
12.

kjh    

Kendrick Lamar or nah?

167 days ago
13.

me    

You can get gunned down in the middle of the street in Detroit and it takes police hours to show up, yet the have the manpower and time to jail Anita Baker over a freaking bill? No wonder you're bankrupt. Detroit, go home, you're drunk.

167 days ago
14.

Black Adam    

What is with people not paying money that is owed?

167 days ago
15.

Marcus    

An arrest warrant? Isn't this a civil case? If she doesn't show up for the court date, then the judge should just rule in the plaintiff's favor. Something fishy here....

167 days ago
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