Justin Bieber won’t have to take a paternity test after all. Less than two weeks after a California woman claimed that the “Baby” singer had fathered a child with her last year following a brief backstage tryst, TMZ is reporting that lawyers for accuser Mariah Yeater quietly dropped the suit last week.
In fact, the gossip site is adding that not only has the paternity case been withdrawn, but lawyers Lance Rogers and Matt Pare have quit representing Yeater entirely.
Bieber’s camp had vigorously denied the claim from the moment Yeater launched the paternity action earlier this month. Yeater claimed in a signed affidavit in the suit that she had unprotected sex with Bieber last October in a backstage area at one of the singer’s concerts at Los Angeles’ Staples Center and that her four-month-old baby is his.
Last week, Bieber’s camp confirmed that the 17-year-old singer would take a paternity test as soon as he returns from a European promotional jaunt in celebration of his just-released Christmas album, Under the Mistletoe.
“I can confirm that the team has proactively made arrangements for Justin to be tested upon his return and we’re going to hold everyone who is involved responsible,” Bieber spokesperson Matthew Hiltzik said in a statement. “It’s sad that someone would fabricate malicious, defamatory, and demonstrably false claims,” Hiltzik added. “We’ll vigorously pursue all available legal remedies to protect Justin and to hold those involved with bringing this suit accountable for their actions.” It is unclear if Bieber’s camp will still pursue a lawsuit over the bogus claims.
Hiltzik could not be reached for confirmation at press time; MTV News also could not reach Yeater’s lawyers at press time.