- Associated Press - Thursday, October 14, 2010

DETROIT (AP) - A house painting company has filed a lawsuit against Anita Baker claiming the Grammy-winning R&B singer owes them more than $15,000.

Ray A. Smith Painting and Decorating claims in a Wayne County Circuit Court lawsuit that Baker has reneged on promises to pay for work at her home in Grosse Pointe, Mich. Work included painting in her son’s bedroom, replacing a rotten door sill, and removing water-damaged plaster in her living room.

Neither Baker nor her attorney immediately returned calls by The Detroit News seeking comment.

Court records indicate Baker faces several financial problems including liens for $465,733 in unpaid federal taxes, $15,952 in unpaid state taxes and $3,470 owed to a window company.

Baker plans to release her seventh album in November, “21st Century Love.”

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Information from: The Detroit News, http://detnews.com/