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Posted at 08:41 AM ET, 11/16/2011

Justin Bieber’s paternity accuser drops suit, TMZ reports; Claim may be settled out of court (UPDATE)


Justin Bieber’s legal woes may be over. (Martin Oeser - AP)
Update: Justin Bieber’s paternity accuser has a new legal team that is trying to arrange a private DNA test, according to a Chicago paternity lawyer.

Yeater’s original suit has been withdrawn, but not because she’s dropping the paternity claim. Lawyer Jeffery Leving explained to WGN in Chicago that her new legal team is trying to settle the claim out of court “because the case is completely out of control.”

If this goes through, the results of the DNA test would be confidential, according to Leving.

Leving said Yeater, who could face statutory rape charges, has received death threats and will not be giving anymore interviews. “This matter is not over,” Leving said.

Bieber’s spokesman again said in an e-mail that claim is “malicious, defamatory and demonstrably false: “We'll continue to consider all of our options to protect Justin.”

Original post updated

The 20-year-old woman who claimed Justin Bieber fathered her child has withdrawn her lawsuit, according to TMZ.

Mariah Yeater alleged that she and the teen pop star conceived a child in a bathroom at the Staples Center last year. The singer’s team denied the allegations as “malicious, defamatory and demonstrably false.” Bieber said he never met the woman.

The paternity suit was “quietly dismissed” last week, according to TMZ. Yeater’s lawyers have reportedly withdrawn from the case.

Request for comment from Bieber’s camp has not been returned.

Bieber planned to take a paternity test when he returned from Europe sometime this week. His spokesman said he planned to sue Yeater and her lawyers for making a false claim.

By  |  08:41 AM ET, 11/16/2011

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