But it may be almost over: Bieber has taken a paternity test in New Jersey, according to a TMZ report.
The pop star, 17, reportedly went to a lab to take the test under “very controlled circumstances,” and now Yeater, 20, just has to provide DNA from her child.
A rep for Bieber had no comment on the paternity test but a source told PEOPLE the singer planned to submit DNA last Friday.
Although Yeater’s lawsuit was dropped last week, her new team of lawyers says she still wanted to pursue her claim outside the courtroom.
One of lawyers, Chicago-based attorney Jeffrey M. Leving, previously told PEOPLE he was negotiating with Bieber’s counsel to reach a confidentiality agreement to get private testing and results.
Bieber’s team has already stated that they will “vigorously pursue all available legal remedies to protect Justin and to hold those involved with bringing this suit accountable for their actions.”
In the suit, Yeater alleged that Bieber, who is currently dating fellow pop star Selena Gomez, lost his virginity to her backstage at an L.A. tour stop. The drama is further complicated by their age gap: In the state of California, the age of consent is 18, and Bieber would have been 16 at the time of the alleged sexual encounter.
“I know that I’m going to be a target,” Bieber said two days after the suit was filed, “but I’m never going to be a victim.”
By Alison Schwartz