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Exclusive: Anita Baker Says She’s Being “Terrorized”



Anita Baker is speaking exclusively to and The Insider about the warrant issued for her arrest on Wednesday by a Michigan judge. “I feel like I’m being terrorized,” the legendary songstress revealed during an emotional Friday evening phone call with our Kevin Frazier.

Baker is being sued by Ray A. Smith Painting and Decorating for approximately $15,000 for work done on her Grosse Pointe property back in 2009. The 56-year-old admits that she hired the company to repair water damage to her home, but is adamant they failed to complete the work after collecting $60,000 from her.

In September 2010, Ray Smith filed a lawsuit against Anita but dropped it after her lawyer threatened to counter sue. In 2011, Smith’s team filed again, but we’re told they did not notify Anita or her lawyer. They obtained a “default judgment” and waited three years before requesting a “creditor’s exam” as a means of collecting the Judgment, but again did not serve Ms. Baker. Instead, they informed the court that they tried to serve the singer several times but couldn’t locate her. The court responded by issuing what’s called a “substituted service,” a measure that allowed the plaintiff’s camp to post the new lawsuit on the door of Anita’s home. Unfortunately, Ms. Baker was touring at the time and never got the notice.

The Grammy Award-winning artist adds that she had no idea she was being threatened a second time until a relative phoned her and broke the news. “It’s sinister to me, and I just don’t know what to do with sinister,” she added.

Hamood was in court on Friday, filing a motion to have the warrant canceled.

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Exclusive: The Bullet Scars That Will Forever Haunt Sheryl Lee Ralph’s Son, Etienne Maurice



Sheryl Lee Ralph shared a graphic photo on Instagram earlier this week of her son, Etienne Maurice, laying in a hospital bed bandaged up from bullet wounds. The purpose of the image was to be yet another voice calling to end gun violence.

On Wednesday, students across the country walked out of class to protest against gun violence, something that hit home for Ralph four years ago. “This mother wants #gunreform now! #guncontrol now,” she wrote.

It was during a night out in West Philadelphia that Ralph’s then 22-year-old child was robbed at gunpoint and shot three times; twice in the leg and one which grazed his forehead.

So as Ralph joined Wednesday’s national conversation about gun laws, HipHollywood talked exclusively with Etienne who shared exactly what went down the night a gun could have taken his life for good.

“I was shot four years ago, November 9 … I was black out drunk. The next thing I know I remember I woke up in the hospital, doctor said I had two bullet holes in my leg and a grazed bullet hole above my eyebrow.”

Maurice, who was robbed for his iPhone and his wallet, went on to tell us that this is something that he is reminded of constantly. “Having been shot is something that I carry with me every day. I still have numbness at the bottom of my leg from the nerve damage.”

And while he will always remember how he felt knowing his life almost ended, Etienne had a hard time fathoming how his famous mother felt. “We had the conversation about it last week and she said she peed on herself,” he told us.

For Maurice, he’s proud to see young children use their voices to make change. “There’s so many angles where we can talk about gun violence and how it’s effecting different communities,” he said. “Gun reform needs to take place now.”

Since that night, he hasn’t picked up a drink and has been now sober for four years. As for the suspects, a father-son duo, they are behind bars for attempted man slaughter.

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