Bieber paternity case withdrawn
Published 16/11/2011 | 21:31
A lawyer for a woman who claims Justin Bieber is the father of her baby boy said her lawsuit has been withdrawn as both camps wait for the singer to take a paternity test.
Lawyer Jeffrey Leving said the suit filed in San Diego Superior Court by Mariah Yeater, 20, was recently removed without prejudice. However, the lawsuit could be refiled at a later date. A hearing set for December 15 has been cancelled.
"This case was never dismissed. It can be refiled today or tomorrow," Mr Leving said. "We are trying to settle this matter out of court with Bieber's camp."
Ms Yeater claims she had just turned 19 when she and Bieber, then 16, had a brief sexual encounter after one of the singer's concerts last autumn in a backstage backroom at Los Angeles' Staples Centre.
Bieber has said he has never met Ms Yeater and has denied allegations that he fathered her son, who was born in July.
Matthew Hiltzik, a spokesman for the teen heartthrob, said Bieber still intends to submit to a paternity test in the coming weeks.
"As we've said from the beginning, it's sad that someone would fabricate such a malicious, defamatory, and demonstrably false claim," Mr Hiltzik said. "We'll continue to consider all of our options to protect Justin."
Ms Yeater has not come forward with any evidence to prove Bieber is the father, but her lawyers insist the paternity test will prove he has a son.
Mr Leving said the media storm that has ensued combined with death threats made to Ms Yeater were the main reasons why the lawsuit was withdrawn.
"I will state right now it's better that it's handled out of court which is in the best interests of everybody," Mr Leving said.