Anita Baker counter-sues local decorating company

Company claims Baker owes $15,000

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WAYNE COUNTY, Mich. - Grammy Award-winning singer Anita Baker has counter-sued a company that says it hasn't been paid for work done on her Detroit-area home.

The Detroit Free Press reports that Baker's attorney says lawyers for Ray A. Smith Painting & Decorating "intended to put her in as embarrassing a light as possible." The 2011 lawsuit against Baker led to a warrant for her arrest, but the warrant was dismissed last month.

The company claims that Baker owes it $15,000 for work done on her Grosse Pointe home, but the singer's lawyer said Baker didn't know she had been sued.

A hearing related to the original lawsuit is scheduled for April 25 in Wayne County Circuit Court.

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