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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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16.

lilohater    

As a fellow painting contractor I hate these rich deadbeats. I hope they get their money. 15k is a lot of money to loose. It's all out of pocket that most companies can't afford.

127 days ago
17.

Weedy1dad    

she still has a camp

127 days ago
18.

Factual    

Dumb beatch is just happy to be wanted

127 days ago
19.

hotandcold    

Hey, Lady! Pay your bills!!!

127 days ago
20.

Anonymous    

From other sources, here is an explanation of why she is wanted for a civil matter: She lost a default judgment for $15,351.41 in April of 2011 for work done in 2009. A bench warrant went out when she failed to show after being subpoenaed to appear at a "creditor's examination" in Wayne County Circuit Court back in September of 2012.

127 days ago
21.

Ray8    

Love Anita. Must be an oversight.

127 days ago
22.

pj    

Her ass need to be arrested for making her fans wait so long for new music. I know it's been 10 years or longer.

127 days ago
23.

Madi Brown    

Madi Brown's head is reeling from this news. How can the Sweet Love Anita Baker songstress owe anyone anything. If it weren't for her music, those painters probably would have never been born.

For Reals, and Love you the most,
Madi Brown
http://Madibrown.com

127 days ago
24.

w    

Oh I wonder if the cops said hey judge I NEED A BAKER and the judge is all like wha?, and he said NO..I NEED A BAKER and the judge is like EXCUSE ME SIR, THIS IS A COURT OF LAW NOT A RESTAURAUNT and the cop is like NO dumb dumb ANITA BAKER. And the judge was like OH YOUUUU

127 days ago
25.

Numapass    

Anita don't go back! It's just a trick. The grocery stores have all left the city - people are hungry for meat.

127 days ago
26.

zombie    

Ummm, this sounds fishy. In cases like this they usually find in favor of the plaintiff if a defendant in a case is a no show.

127 days ago
27.

kay    

With a voice like hers, just one show should pay off that debt.

127 days ago
28.

Jazzi    

Ohmygosh! what happened to my sweet Anita? That face ain't hers!

127 days ago
29.

blake    

Smart woman, she's trending #1 on FB. And her videos (especially Sweet Love included in this article) and music will get hits.

127 days ago
30.

Mrs Butters    

So that's what she's been doing all these years, she owns a camp.

127 days ago
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