Last week we told you that a bench warrant had been issued for Anita Baker’s arrest. The warrant was issued in relation to a lawsuit filed against the 80s singer by Ray A. Smith Painting. According to the lawsuit, the home decor company performed a job on Baker’s Grosse Pointe home, but when the time came to pay the remaining $15,000 on her tab, she refused. Now the “Sweet Love” singer is sharing her side of the story.
“I feel like I’m being terrorized,” she told HipHollywood.
According to Baker, she did in fact, hire Ray A. Smith Painting to repair water damage in her home back in 2009. However, she insists that they failed to complete the job, even after receiving $60,000 from her. In 2010, the company filed a lawsuit against her for the remaining $15,000, but later dropped the suit after her attorney threatened to counter sue. In 2011, the plaintiff filed again, but according to HipHollywood, they did not notify Anita or her attorney of their decision. They obtained a “default judgement” and followed up with a “creditor’s exam” three years later to collect the Judgement. During this time, they were unable to serve Baker and told the courts that they tried to serve the singer on multiple occasions, but they were unsuccessful. The court issued a substituted service, which allowed the plaintiffs to post the lawsuit on the door of Baker’s home; however, she was on tour at the time and never received the notice.
“It’s sinister to me, and I just don’t know what to do with sinister,” said Baker, who adds that she wasn’t aware that the company was taking her back to court until she received a phone call from a family member, informing her of the warrant.
Hopefully her attorneys can resolve this issue soon.