Justin Bieber’s alleged baby momma Mariah Yeater is still pursuing her paternity suit against the singer, says Chicago-based paternity lawyer Jeffrey Leving, who joined the case last week and is pursuing the claim.
Leving confirmed in an interview with a Chicago television station that Yeater merely has a new legal team that he is heading with another high-powered attorney John Carlson of Los Angeles.
Yeater’s San Diego team has merely been replaced, Leving said, which explains the lack of rejoicing in the Beiber camp, after a misleading report today by gossip Web site TMZ.
The site reported that the suit had been withdrawn and Yeater’s lawyers had quit, suggesting the case was over.
Leving said he is actively engaged in negotiations with Bieber’s legal team to arrange a paternity test.
“I did not step down and there is a legal team,” he told the news station. “It’s a new legal team. In light of death threats against my client, strategies have been reviewed… the San Diego team has been replaced.”
“The case is completely out of control and I don’t want something terrible to happen to my client or her child,” the lawyer added.
Leving also blocked further interviews by his client, after her disastrous appearance on celebrity television show “The Insider.”
TheImproper questioned the competence of her then-legal team for allowing her to appear. She was unsteady during the interview and broke down when asked for more details about her claims.
“Negotiations are going on right now with Bieber’s council and we’re trying to negotiate a private, secure DNA test with the same safeguards that would exist if there were a court order, but without a court order,” he added.
Leving is also maneuvering to keep the paternity test confidential, which seems virtually impossible to do at this point, especially if it absolves Bieber.
“My goal is that when the DNA test is completed, which I believe it will be… my goal is to keep everything confidential so the results will remain confidential,” he said.
Yeater has said all along she is not seeking publicity, but merely wants financial support for the baby, which could amount to thousands of dollars a month until the child is 18.
Bieber insists he never met Yeater and never had sex with her. But he was rude and surly to photographers and fans as he left a London restaurant on his last night in the country.
His behavior suggested he had nothing to celebrate yet in the case, and everything to worry about.
Yeater adamantly insists she has evidence that can prove Justin is the father.
If she can accurately describe his private body parts, or is aware of distinguishing features such as birth marks, scars or moles that are normally hidden by his clothes, the evidence could indeed be damning.
Leving brushed off the possibility of a counter lawsuit, which Bieber’s attorney’s have threatened.
“I see that as not being positive publicity for Bieber,” he told The New York Daily News.
“Plus she’s indigent, she’s an out of work single mother trying to survive. He wouldn’t make any money, and it would appear to be a means of seeking revenge.”