Justin Bieber

Report: Paternity lawsuit against Justin Bieber dropped

Nov. 16, 2011 at 9:28 AM ET

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Justin Bieber will no longer have to prove whether or not he fathered a child.

Justin Bieber is off the hook! At least, in terms of having to take a paternity test. According to TMZ, Mariah Yeater has dismissed a lawsuit claiming the 17-year-old is the father of her child.

Two weeks ago, the California-based Yeater stepped forward with her lawyers Lance Rogers and Matt Pare to claim that she and Bieber had shared a backstage encounter after one of his Los Angeles Staples Center concerts, and that her four-month-old baby was his. Bieber and his representatives denied any such tryst ever took place, and prepared to take a paternity test to refute her claims.

"To set the record straight, none of it is true," Bieber declared during a visit to TODAY earlier in November. "I know I'm going to be a target, but I'm never going to be a victim. It's crazy, because every night after the show I've gone right from the stage right to my car. So it's crazy that some people want to make up such false allegations."

"I can confirm that the team has proactively made arrangements for Justin to be tested upon his return and we're going to hold everyone who is involved responsible," Bieber spokesperson Matthew Hiltzik said in a statement, as reported on MTV.com. "It's sad that someone would fabricate malicious, defamatory, and demonstrably false claims. We'll vigorously pursue all available legal remedies to protect Justin and to hold those involved with bringing this suit accountable for their actions."

According to TMZ, the paternity case is now dead in the water, and Yeater's lawyers have quit representing her.

MTV.com says there's no word yet on whether Bieber's reps will follow through with their legal case now that the original suit has been dropped.

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