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(UPDATE) Arrest Warrant Issued for Anita Bake

Anita BakerAnita Baker performs on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” at the NBC Studios on September 6, 2004 in Burbank, California. (Getty)

UPDATE: 3/25/14  11:25AM

(AURN/AP) -- Anita Baker says she's grateful a judge in Detroit has lifted an arrest warrant against her. A Michigan judge had signed off on the warrant last week after it was sought by the lawyer for a company that says Baker failed to pay $15,000 for work done on her home near Detroit. Her attorney had said the singer didn't know she was being sued for the money. Though the arrest warrant has been lifted, the lawsuit over the money continues.


Original story: 3/21/14

(AURN) -- An arrest warrant has been issued for Grammy Award-winning singer Anita Baker.

The warrant was sought by the lawyer for a company that says Baker owes it $15,000 for work done on her Grosse Pointe, Michigan home.

Baker's lawyer, Jamal Hamood, says he plans to file a motion Friday to cancel the warrant. Hamood says Baker wasn't served with papers and didn't know she had been sued in 2011 by Ray A. Smith Painting & Decorating. He says Baker is out of town and will remain so until the warrant issue is cleared up.

The company's lawyer, Daniel Gerow, tells The Detroit News he doesn't want Baker to go to jail, but only wants to see his client get paid.

[WATCH]:  Baker allegedly owes for work done on home. (



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