The woman who claimed teen singer Justin Bieber fathered a babywith her has dropped her paternity lawsuit, but Mariah Yeater'slawyer said she is pursuing her claim out of court.
Yeater, 20, of southern California, had claimed in her lawsuitshe had sex backstage with the 17-year-old Canadian singer lastyear and that he was the father of her baby who was born in July.She was demanding child support.
Bieber has repeatedly denied the allegation, saying he never metYeater but said last week he would take a paternity test. Sourcesclose to Bieber said arrangements were underway for the DNA test totake place soon.
Chicago attorney Jeffery Leving said Yeater had dropped thelawsuit but had a new legal team and hoped to reach a privatesettlement with Bieber's lawyers.
"She believes Justin Bieber is the father," Leving told ChicagoTV channel WGNtv on Wednesday. "Negotiations are going on right nowwith Bieber's counsel and we're trying to negotiate a private,secure DNA test with the same safeguards that would exist if therewere a court order, but without a court order."
"This matter is not over," Leving said.
It was not clear why the paternity lawsuit was dropped butLeving said Yeater had received death threats and was beingharassed by the media.
Bieber's spokesman Matthew Hiltzik called it "sad" that "someonewould fabricate such a malicious, defamatory, and demonstrablyfalse claim. We'll continue to consider all of our options toprotect Justin."
The baby claims have threatened to tarnish Bieber's squeakyclean image and left Yeater open to a possible charge of statutoryrape because Bieber was only 16 years-old at the time of thealleged encounter.
In her complaint, Yeater claimed the two had sex for 30 secondsin a backstage bathroom after she attended a Bieber concert in LosAngeles in October 2010.
Bieber, has been promoting his new Christmas album in Europe,was silent on Twitter on Wednesday.done this) for attention, butit's not something I am interested in. These people are not worthmy thought or time."
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