Grammy Award winning singer, Anita Baker, is facing an arrest warrant after failing to appear in a Detroit court. Baker is facing legal charges after a painting and decorating company filed a suit alleging the singer failed to pay them after they made repairs to her home in 2009.
Anita Baker, the Grammy Award winning singer, is facing an arrest warrant after she allegedly failed to appear in court. The 56-year-old R&B singer was popular throughout the 1980s and early nineties for such songs as 'Sweet Love' and 'Giving You the Best That I Got'. Unfortunately, more recently she's made headlines after a painting and decorating company filed suit against her claiming she failed to pay them in 2009.
Apparently a warrant was issued on Thursday (20th March) when Baker, according to reports in TMZ, failed to appear in court. Baker was required to appear in the Detroit court over a dispute with a painting and decorating company. The company in question, Ray Smith Painting and Decorating, filed suit after Baker allegedly failed to pay $15 000 of the $75 000 bill. Baker had employed the company in 2009 after her Grosse Pointe house sustained storm damage. The plaintiff claims the 'Sweet Love' singer paid $60 000 up front for the work but has since failed to pay the additional sum.
56-year-old Baker claims the contractors in question failed to complete the work and this work was of such poor quality, she was forced to make her own repairs. She further claims to have never received any legal papers concerning this suit and is deeply unsettled by her arrest warrant. Speaking on the subject of the warrant to TMZ, Baker said "I've never been in trouble with the law. I'm terrified". She claimed "there's no justice in the justice system," a statement which she supports with anecdotes concerning how, in previous suits, the plaintiff never served her with legal documentation.
However, the contractor claims the legal papers were appropriately filed and that he even posted a notice on Baker's front door. This allegedly occurred in July 2013 when he attempted to pursue the issue in court. Baker claims to have never seen this notice as she was on tour and highly doubts the notice was ever posted.
Although Baker's lawyer intends to challenge the warrant and have the default judgement lifted, the plaintiff's attorney is simply hoping to resolve the issue. Speaking to a local Detroit news station WDIV 4, the plaintiff's attorney Daniel Gerow said: "We certainly would have liked to resolve it before now. We just want to try to get my client his money. We're not trying to give her any hard time or anything unnecessary. We just would like to collect the money for my client. He's owed the money, and that could end it all right then."
Anita Baker at the 2011 BET Awards.
Anita Baker at the Soul Train Awards in 2010.