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Arrest Warrant for Singer Anita Baker is Dismissed

Anita Baker

Anita Baker

A Michigan judge has dismissed an arrest warrant that had been issued for Grammy Award-winning singer Anita Baker.

A Wayne County Circuit judge had signed off on the warrant last week. It was sought by the lawyer for a company that says Baker owes it $15,000 for work done on her Grosse Pointe home.

According to WDIV-TV, Judge Edward Ewell said that while the warrant has been dismissed, the lawsuit over the money will continue at a hearing in April.

Baker tells WXYZ-TV she’s grateful the judge lifted the warrant.

The singer’s lawyer has said Baker didn’t know she had been sued in 2011 by Ray A. Smith Painting & Decorating.
“We’re not trying to give her any hard time or anything unnecessary. We just would like to collect the money for my client,” attorney Daniel Gerow, who represents Ray A.Smith Painting and Decorating, told “He’s owed the money, and that could end it all right then.”

Baker had a string of hits in the 1980s and 1990s and has won eight Grammy awards, including one for 1986’s “Sweet Love” and two for 1988’s “Giving You the Best That I Got.”

Her most recently released recording is the 2012 single “Lately.”

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