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Anita Baker

That Arrest Warrant's

A Sinister Plot Against Me

3/22/2014 8:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Anita Baker says she's the victim of a sinister plot which caused cops to get a warrant for her arrest.

TMZ broke the story ... a Detroit judge issued the warrant after the Grammy-winning singer failed to show up in court over a dispute with a home contractor.

Anita tells TMZ ... she hired Ray Smith Painting and Decorating in 2009 to repair the outside of her home which was damaged by a storm.  The cost of the job was $75,000 ... she paid $60K up front.

Anita says the guy didn't even finish the job and what he did do sucked so bad ... she got up on a ladder and did the spackling herself.

The singer says the contractor had the nerve to file suit for the $15K balance ... problem was, she says she was in the dark because she never got served with legal papers.

When Anita was a no-show in court, the judge entered a default judgment.  She says still had no idea a case had even been filed.

Fast forward to July, 2013.  The contractor tried to haul Anita into court and grill her about where she kept her money, so he could go after it to satisfy the judgment.  The contractor claims he slapped the notice on her front door.  Anita tells us she was on tour and never saw a notice and doesn't believe it was ever placed there.

So Anita was a no-show again for that hearing, and on Wednesday the judge issued the arrest warrant.

Anita tells us she's in shock, saying, "I've never been in trouble with the law.  I'm terrified."

She also says this isn't the first time someone has pulled this on her -- someone claiming to serve her with legal papers and then losing the case by default.

Anita's lawyer says he's going to court next week to get the warrant lifted and the default judgment set aside. 

Anita tells us, as far as she's concerned, "There's no justice in the justice system."


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Contractors are the real criminals. Getting them to finish a job properly & on time without robbing you blind is almost impossible

217 days ago


No there's no way she didn't know or her legal team or even personal assistants. They avoided this in purpose thinking it's just somebody trying to get money from a celeb.

217 days ago


Of course she didn't know. She has been living under a rock of irrelevant music acts.

217 days ago


This sreggin has been sucking on the crack pipe a bit too long!

217 days ago


Figures that a bankrupt state would have a legal system where CIVIL matters would become criminal. Michigan sucks and sucks bad.

217 days ago


Good story. But that's all it is, a story.

217 days ago


It's racism.

217 days ago


Anita, that's a really stupid thing to say, because you are going to need a judge to fix this. It's not the fault of the justice system that the plaintiff Lied to the court, and swore that he served those do***ents on you, because that is what happened. That is why the Court issued the default judgement, UNTIL such time as you come forward and deny receipt of service of do***ents. When you call the justice system stupid..... you are also implying that the Judge is stupid. That's not very smart on your part, Anita. You know what would be really great.....if Americans could process their thoughts with love in their hearts and optimism, instead of hatred in their hearts and aggressive and random blame.

217 days ago

devil's advocate    

Maybe the court should have tweeted a summons to her certified account. It didn't take long after the story broke to get on twitter and tell her followers how shocked she was. I say put her in twitter jail until this matter is resolved.

217 days ago

HRH Prince Michael    

I'm not familiar with the particular's of this case, I hope
Justice prevails.

As a performer?
Anita Baker, and her music, epitomized Style and Class.
She was from a era of female singers, who first and foremost, brought-it Musically:
Patti Austin, Sade, Early-Whitney, and of course,

217 days ago


Most of the people on TMZ probably don't even know who this woman is.

217 days ago

James R. - Los Angeles    

Stupid Detroit bitch.

217 days ago

HRH Prince Michael    

@JamesR: I guess it really does take one, to know one.

217 days ago


Somewhere Luther Vandross is cracking up

217 days ago

HRH Prince Michael    

@Whatever: Undoubtedly, the superb Phyllis Hyman is in the elite-era.

217 days ago
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