Justin Bieber Submits to Paternity Testing
The 17-year-old followed through with his promise to prove that he is not the father of Mariah Yeater’s 4-month-old son.
Mariah Yeater dropped her lawsuit against Justin Bieber, but the 17-year-old pop star still followed through on his promise to take a paternity test.
Bieber took the test on Friday, Nov. 18 in New Jersey, according to TMZ, in an effort to prove that he is not the father the 4-month-old boy in question. Yeater claimed that she and the singer engaged in a backstage tryst following an October 2010 concert at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, and that she became pregnant as a result.
Yeater’s allegations came under intense scrutiny after several text messages became public, in which she asked friends to refrain from revealing her child’s biological father.
Though the lawsuit was technically dropped, Chicago attorney Jeffrey Leving told MTV News that the 20-year-old mother was still seeking DNA testing.
“We are still pursuing a DNA test and… if it’s positive, our desire for child support is still active,” said Leving. “We could refile the paternity case tomorrow if we wanted, but we are attempting to settle the case out of court.”
Bieber responded to the claims by agreeing to take the paternity test, after which he reportedly threatened to file a lawsuit of his own. The LAPD has said they may investigate the incident, since the ages of the parties involved (Bieber was 16 and Yeater was 19) means the alleged incident would violate California statutory rape law.