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Despite being known for her sultry baby-making music through much of the 80s, in 2014 Anita Baker is a wanted fugitive–according to Detroit police.

The 56-year-old Grammy Award-winning singer has sold more than 10 million records worldwide but was issued a bench warrant for her struggle yesterday, March 20 after the courts say she failed to show up for a court appearance.

Her crime? She allegedly owes a painting company $15K for the work they did in her humble abode.


The bench warrant stems from Grammy Award-winning singer’s failure to appear at a creditor’s examination in Wayne County Circuit Court last September after she was subpoenaed to be there, said attorney Dan Gerow, who is representing Ray A. Smith Painting & Decorating Inc.

Gerow’s client alleges Baker did not pay for carpentry, plastering and painting work done at her Grosse Pointe home in 2009.

According to Wayne County Circuit Court records online, a bench warrant was signed and filed Wednesday.

Baker could not be reached for comment. Online court documents don’t give the name of her attorney in the case.

Gerow said a default judgment for $15,351.41 was entered against Baker in April 2011.

Perhaps she was caught up in the rapture and couldn’t make the court date?

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