If you're gonna make a paternity claim against Justin Bieber, it's probably be a good idea not to have alleged texts lying around that seem to disprove your case.
Here's what's been happening—and what Bieber has to say about it...
Text messages obtained by TMZ that are allegedly from Yeater to an third party—which the site identified only as "John"—seem to undermine her allegations about Bieber being the father.
In one missive that looks particularly damning if true, Yeater seems to imply that an ex-boyfriend named Robbie fathered her three-month-old son Tristyn—and then asks her pal to delete those texts.
"Pleeease ERASE ALL MESSAGES from my mom where she says Tristyn is Robbie's Son," reads her alleged message. "I'll kick u when we get paid. I'm trusting you pleeease."
In another text, Bieber's accuser supposedly writes: "Would you please stress to Robbie how important it is for him to be in his son's life?"
"John" has since shared the messages with Bieber's attorney, Howard Weitzman who labeled the California woman's actions nothing more than a shakedown attempt.
"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," the legal eagle told E! News in a statement Thursday. "There have been no settlement discussions and there never will be."
Yeater's new attorney, Jeffrey Leving, however cast doubt on the authenticity of the texts.
"Well, they are allegedly sent to somebody who or may not be named John," Leving told E! exclusively. "I immediately made a call to look into this. And the information I have is these text messages were not sent by her…they were just fabricated. Do I know if that is true or not? No, but I do intend to look into that as it was just brought to my attention."
Leving took over from San Diego-based attorney, Matt Pare, who stopped representing Yeater this week after the story of her alleged hook up with the pop star began to unravel.
Bieber, for his part, seems to have maintained his sense of humor. The singer said in a radio interview with Elvis Duran, "As far as the whole 'baby' situation, it's unfortunate that it had to happen like that, you know, people make false accusations but things happen in this industry and you just have to keep your head high and be positive.
"If it was up to me, it would've been a better story—like Justin Bieber went off to South America with this 27-year-old supermodel. That would've been an awesome rumor."
With Bieber's camp promising to fight the allegations, not to mention force her to run up a hefty legal bill, Yeater filed a motion to dismiss her paternity action on Nov. 9.
Despite the move, Bieber's publicist told E! News today that the entertainer still plans to take a paternity test to put the matter to rest once and for all and hold "those involved with bringing this suit accountable for their actions."
A source tells E! News that Team Biebs has hired a private investigator to look into Yeater's background. (A rep for his legal team says that they're "declining to comment on any specifics.")
As to whether or not Yeater will re-file her suit, her new counsel remarked that his team would "consider anything if it made sense." But at the moment Leving said they're trying to settle the case out of court, including negotiating Bieber's DNA test, due to safety concerns for Mariah and the child.
"She has received many death threats. She received death threats by phone and thus changed her home phone number," noted the attorney. "So if we can accomplish this outside of the court system that would probably be the best."
That doesn't sound likely to happen.
Bieber's manager Scooter Braun told Duran on his show, "They said they were in settlement talks with us, but bottom line is they will never be in settlement talks with us. We will never settle with them. That's my little guy right there; I protect him. And they messed with the wrong crew. It's false and people should be held accountable for saying this stuff. And they got this lawyer running around saying, 'Well, we want everything to be held confidentially now.' You don't get to go out there and badmouth a 17-year-old kid to the entire world and suddenly think it's gonna stay confidential. And we're not gonna go away quietly."
"I'm not gonna be a victim," added Bieber.
—Reporting by Ashley Reinke and Claudia Rosenbaum