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Singer Anita Baker Avoids Jail in Royalty Dispute

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Grammy-winning singer Anita Baker reaches deal in music royalty dispute, avoids jail

Anita Baker and her attorneys have worked out an agreement that will help determine how much the Grammy-winning singer's ex-husband is owed in music royalties as part of a divorce settlement.

Baker was ordered to a Detroit court Friday after the 52-year-old R&B singer missed a deadline Wednesday to sign related documents and declined again to sign them Thursday. The judge threatened to jail Baker if she didn't sign the papers.

The documents empower a court-appointed expert to seek information from the record companies on how much Walter Bridgforth is owed.

After going behind closed doors, Baker and lawyers from both sides emerged Friday afternoon to inform Wayne County Chief Family Court Judge Lita Masini Popke that they had reached a deal.

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