After a sordid whirlwind of controversy in which 20-year-old Mariah Yeater claimed Justin Bieber sexed her up backstage after a 2010 concert, filed a paternity lawsuit against him, and produced photos of a child (which sorta looked liked Bieber in the sense that they both have the squooshiest little cheeks ever), it turns out that ... *drumroll* Mariah Yeater is a nut case.
Okay, that's a little harsh. Maybe she's a perfectly nice girl who just has the odd habit of occasionally trotting out her infant son in an attempt to sue celebrities. At any rate, TMZ is reporting that lawyers for Yeater quietly withdrew the paternity case last week, and they've also quit representing her altogether.
You have to hand it to her: If her goal was 15 minutes of fame, she certainly got it.
Assuming the paternity suit has been dropped because of being, well, whatever the legal term for totally and ridiculously bogus is -- it's hard to know just what Yeater's motives were. Was she angling for attention? Did she think she had a shot in hell at being paid off, if only to stop making embarrassing news for the squeaky-clean singer? Or had she convinced herself that the story she was spinning was true?
It's also hard to guess what Bieber's best move should be at this point. A week ago his spokesperson was pretty adamant that Team Bieber was going to 1) take a DNA test to prove the allegations false, and 2) sue the shit out of everyone:
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. 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.
That's probably the point when the lawyers tucked their tails and ran, and with good reason -- the U.S. Courts aren't supposed to look kindly upon frivolous litigation suits.
I can understand the desire for Bieber's team to send a strong message that they're not going to put up with baseless accusations, and there's an argument to be made that Yeater should be punished for defamation. I wonder what good that would do, though. If it's true that she just up and lied about Justin Bieber being the father of her son, I'm kind of less interested in her paying for her mistakes and more concerned about her ability to parent that child.
I say Bieber's legal team should spank Yeater's lawyers, maybe fine them for being ambulance-chasing sleazebags, and someone should check in with Yeater's mental health. If she's a wannabe grifter, she should be held accountable for this whole mess. If she's unstable, well, that's another story.
What do you think should happen to Mariah Yeater now?
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