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Thursday 23 November 2017

Soul singer Dionne Warwick files for bankruptcy

Dionne Wawick performs at Manchester Bridgewater Hall this year
Dionne Wawick performs at Manchester Bridgewater Hall this year

Singer Dionne Warwick owes nearly $10 million in back taxes and has filed for bankruptcy.

In a petition filed this month in New Jersey, Warwick, 72, lists liabilities that include nearly $7 million owed to the Internal Revenue Service for the years 1991 to 1999 and more than $3 million in business taxes owed to the state of California.

The singer of classics such as "Walk On By," "I Say a Little Prayer" and "Do You Know the Way to San Jose" also lists about $21,000 in monthly income and about the same amount in monthly expenses. The petition said she had about $10 left at the end of each month after paying expenses.

Warwick's publicist said the singer was victimized by bad financial management and that she has paid back the actual amount of the taxes, but penalties and interest have accumulated over the years.

Warwick, a cousin of the late singer Whitney Houston, has won five Grammys and ranks second, behind Aretha Franklin, as the most-charted female vocalist of all time, with 56 of her singles making the Billboard Hot 100.

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