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Justin Bieber's Paternity Suit Dropped

>> Wednesday, November 16, 2011

I just feel this is going to go nowwhere and will soon be dropped. Obviously, the woman got what she wanted: publicity.

Justin Bieber and his accuser Mariah Yeater
The suit, which alleged that the pop superstar fathered a child with 20-year-old fan Mariah Yeater, was dismissed last week, says TMZ.com. Her lawyers reportedly withdrew from the case following a call from Bieber's lawyer, Howard Weitzman, threatening legal action.

The case was set to go to court Dec. 15, and Bieber, 17, was prepared to take a paternity test to prove he was not the father of Yeater's 3-month-old baby.

Yeater, who was seeking financial support, may have also faced statutory rape charges. (In the state of California, the age of consent is 18, and Bieber would have been 16 at that time of the alleged sexual encounter, according to Yeater's accusation.)

"It's sad that someone would fabricate malicious, defamatory and demonstrably false claims," a rep for Bieber previously told PEOPLE in a statement. "We will vigorously pursue all available legal remedies to defend and protect Justin against these allegations."

In the suit, Yeater alleged that Bieber, who is currently dating fellow pop star Selena Gomez, lost his virginity to her backstage at an L.A. tour stop.

But Bieber was adamant about drowning out "the rumors" and "the gossip" from the get-go, he previously Tweeted.

"I know that I'm going to be a target," he said two days after the suit was filed, "but I'm never going to be a victim."

(Alison Schwartz/People)

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