Anita Baker is wanted by the police

NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 07:  Singer Anita Baker performs before the women's singles finals between Serena Williams of the United States and Jelena Jankovic of Serbia during Day 14 of the 2008 U.S. Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 7, 2008 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City.  (Photo by Jarrett Baker/Getty Images)
Anita Baker is wanted by Grosse Pointe police. Credit: Jarrett Baker/Getty Images

Singer Anita Baker is a wanted woman. Don’t worry, she didn’t knock over a bank or anything — she’s just involved in the world’s worst contractor dispute.

Police in Grosse Pointe, Michigan, where Baker resides on a sprawling estate, issued a warrant for her arrest due to her allegedly unpaid bills, according to Click On Detroit. Ray Smith Painting and Decorating claims she owes the company more than $15,000 for work done on her home and that she is refusing to pay.

“We’re not trying to give her a hard time or anything unneccessary. We would just like to collect the money for my client. He’s owed the money, and that could end it all right then,” said Daniel Gerow, the attorney for the decorating business.

Attorneys for the “Sweet Love” singer claim that Baker’s not to blame — her attorney, Jamal Hamood, says that the contractors’ initial lawsuit was dismissed, and Baker only learned that they’d refiled it when the arrest warrant was issued.

Medium-sized financial disputes seem to play out much more dramatically around Detroit than they do in the rest of the nation. If you forget to tip your waiter, is there a high speed chase?



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