The woman who claimed teen singer Justin Bieber fathered a baby with her has dropped her paternity lawsuit.
As we've said from the beginning, it's sad that someone would fabricate such a malicious, defamatory, and demonstrably false claim. We'll continue to consider all of our options to protect Justin, the singer's spokesman Matthew Hiltzik said in a statement on Wednesday.
Mariah Yeater, 20, of southern California, had claimed in her lawsuit that she had sex backstage with the 17-year-old Canadian singer last year and that he was the father of a baby she gave birth to in July. She was demanding child support.
Bieber has repeatedly denied the allegation, saying he had never met Yeater, but said last week he would take a paternity test. A spokesman said then that the singer was also contemplating legal action against the woman for defamation.
Celebrity website TMZ.com said the lawsuit was quietly dismissed last week and that Yeater's lawyers had also withdrawn from the case. Yeater's lawyer did not return calls for comment on Wednesday.
The paternity lawsuit had threatened to tarnish Bieber's squeaky clean image and left Yeater open to a possible charge of statutory rape, because Bieber was only 16 years-old at the time of the alleged encounter.