McCartney paternity investigation dropped

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LONDON-- The state prosecutors office in Berlin has dropped an investigation into a complaint filed by a 44-year-old woman who claims Paul McCartney is her father and that the former Beatle manipulated a paternity test in 1984.

Michael Grunwald, spokesman for the prosecutors office, said the investigation into her complaint on whether McCartney was guilty of fraud for faking, as the woman charged, a paternity test had been dropped because of a statute of limitations.

"An examination of the complaint filed and an evaluation of the civil action to determine paternity in 1984 found any criminal act alleged by the woman filing the complaint -- even if it happened -- has passed the statute of limitations," he said in a statement.

A spokesman for McCartney declined to comment.

The woman, identified in media reports as Bettina Hubers, said McCartney, 64, and her mother had a three-year affair in Hamburg where she worked as a waitress and he played at the Starlight club, from 1959 until she was born in December 1962.

After Hubers -- whose married name is Krischbin -- turned 18 in 1983, she and her mother Erika, 64, went to court seeking maintenance. McCartney took a blood test which indicated he was not her father. She said he sent a look-alike to the paternity test.
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