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Before Justin Bieber hit the red carpet at the American Music Awards in Los Angeles this weekend, he took a detour to New Jersey. True to his word, the 17-year-old pop star visited a lab in the Garden State on Friday night to take a paternity test. The results will prove once and for all whether Bieber truly fathered a child with Mariah Yeater, the 20-year-old fan who claims that her 3-month-old son Trystan belongs to the "Baby" singer.
According to TMZ, the test took place under "very controlled circumstances" with a solid chain of custody, meaning that Yeater's lawyers would have a pretty hard time challenging the results. Bieber's attorneys have expressed their confidence that he is not the father, and reportedly plan to sue Yeater for filing a malicious claim, if and when the test comes back negative.
Things aren't looking so good for Yeater, whose credibility (if she had any to begin with) has taken a nosedive since she first came forward. Earlier this month, Yeater withdrew the paternity lawsuit which demanded child support from Bieber, but asked for a DNA test nonetheless. Then last week, TMZ published incriminating text messages sent from Yeater to a friend, urging the friend to erase earlier text messages from her that identified the baby's father as someone named Robbie.
"Ill kick u when we get paid. im trusting you pleeeease," wrote the California woman, implying that she would give the friend some of the Bieber settlement money in exchange for his silence.
Shortly afterward, TMZ unearthed photos of Mariah snuggling with her ex-boyfriend Robbie Powell, just 10 months before her son was born. That doesn't prove that Powell is the father, but it proves they were hanging out around the time the baby was conceived -- and right now, there seems to be no proof that Yeater ever actually met Bieber, let alone hooked up with him backstage as she claims. The website's source describes Yeater's lawyers as "nervous" and says they are now refusing to respond to media inquiries.
On Wednesday, Bieber returns to the Today show, where he declared three weeks ago that he had never met Yeater. This time, he'll be playing a pre-Thanksgiving concert at Rockefeller Plaza -- and hopefully, putting this whole scandal behind him.