Baby. . . Baby. . . Baby. . . Justin Bieber DNA Paternity Test Results Still in Question. . . What Now?
This is the story that just won’t go away.. Last year, according to the press, Mariah Yeater claimed that Justin Bieber was her baby’s father. Her story was that she had become pregnant after having a one time backstage encounter with the pop star following one of his concerts.
We all remember how this story ended right…..or do we? You might remember that Justin quickly responded to her claims and denied all of the accusations, telling the press, "I never met the woman. I'd just like to say, basically, that none of those allegations are true. I know that I'm going to be a target, but I'm never going to be a victim.”
While Bieber insisted that there was no way he could be the father, he wanted to prove he was not scared to take a DNA test either. It was widely reported that he had submitted to DNA tests to clear his name. Once he had taken the test, the story quickly died and people lost interest once Yeater dropped the lawsuit. However, it has been reported in recent news that Ms. Yeater’s attorney Jeffery Leving is now claiming that he never personally saw those DNA results.
Mr. Leving has said to the press, “I have not seen [Bieber’s] DNA test results or had them scrutinized. If there was a first test, and I have no documentation to say there even was, I wasn’t provided with the results. I have not had my demands for an independent DNA test carried out by Mr. Bieber.”
However Mr. Leving would not say for sure whether or not Yeater and her lawyers would pursue the issue, or say whether he was preparing new litigation for his client.
So the question remains.. Did Justin Beiber really take the DNA test last year? And if he did not, what happens now? Unfortunately, we may never know since the parties are likely handing the matter behind closed doors.
However, in California refusing to take a paternity test can have serious consequences. Under California Family Code Sec. 7551, if a named party to a paternity case (usually the father) refuses to submit to the DNA testing to establish paternity, the court may resolve the question of paternity against that person, or enforce its order if the rights of others and the interests of justice so require. This means that refusing a court ordered paternity test can lead to someone being named the father by default.
If you want someone to take a paternity test, or you yourself are being asked to take one.. don’t wait! Waiting or refusing to take a paternity test could make things much worse. Contact Mello & Pickering, LLP to set up a free consultation to discuss your rights and options.