Anita Baker is a wanted woman.
A Wayne County Circuit judge signed off on the warrant this week after the 56-year-old Baker failed to appear in court for a hearing in a civil lawsuit.
Ray A. Smith Painting & Decorating claims Baker owes $15,000 for work done on her Grosse Pointe home in 2009.
Baker’s lawyer, Jamal Hamood, said he plans to file a motion Friday to cancel the warrant. Hamood said Baker wasn’t served with papers and didn’t know she had been sued in 2011 by Ray A. Smith Painting & Decorating.
Hamood said Baker is out of town and will remain so until the warrant issue is cleared up.
Daniel Gerow, a lawyer for Ray A. Smith Painting & Decorating, told The Detroit News he doesn’t want Baker to go to jail, but only wants to see his client get paid.
“I just want to collect the money,” Gerow said.
Anita reacted to the news on Twitter:
WHATTT??!!… sittin' in the kitchen watching this on TV. BIG time crazy. Atty on his way to TV Station. Devil sho is busy.
— Anita Baker (@IAMANITABAKER) March 20, 2014