Mariah Yeater may have dropped that pesky paternity lawsuit against Justin Bieber, but that doesn't mean the Canadian pop star is going down without a fight. Bieber and his team are reportedly sticking to their guns and following through with their countersuit against the 20-year-old woman, who claimed Bieber was her baby's daddy.
Bill Zwecker of the Chicago Sun-Times writes, "I've learned Bieber's lawyers are going to follow through on their countersuit against Yeater -- looking to make an example of the young woman, who could have faced statutory rape charges if that child was proven to be Bieber's."
Yeater's first legal team dropped her as a client (it was responsible for withdrawing the paternity suit). But now Chicago-based lawyer Jeffrey Leving is working with the woman and claims she is also being represented by Los Angeles attorney John Carlson. According to the Sun-Times, Leving wants to work out a settlement between Yeater and the Canuck star.
Bieber's lawyer, Howard Weitzman, tells TMZ.com, "There have been no settlement discussions, and there never will be."
And it seems that Yeater has even less leverage than before, as TMZ printed a text message she allegedly sent a friend about the baby's alleged father, Robbie. In the text, Yeater wrote, "Would you please stress to Robbie how important it is for him to be in his son's life?"
Yeater also asked her friend to delete texts from her mom, who reportedly wrote to the friend that "Robbie" was the father. In the text, Yeater promises her friend money if he goes along with the plan, adding, "I'll kick u when we get paid."
Weitzman said to TMZ, "This information proves Mariah Yeater fabricated the story. Our independent investigation indicates Ms. Yeater never met Justin, she has consistently identified another man as the child's father, and Ms. Yeater and her co-conspirators hatched this scheme in order to extort money from him and to sell her story to the media."
Yeater, you're in some hot water!