LOS ANGELES — Justin Bieber asked a judge to dismiss his defamation lawsuit against two women who accused him of sexual assault.
Attorneys for Bieber filed a request for dismissal in Los Angeles County Superior Court last week. The court documents did not reveal whether Bieber and the defendants had agreed on a settlement.
"Justin has decided to move on and dismiss the case for defamation filed in 2020," Evan Spiegel, an attorney for Bieber, said Tuesday evening.
In 2020, Bieber filed a $20 million defamation suit against two Twitter users who accused him of sexual assault. Khadidja Djibrine and a woman identified only as Danielle alleged in a series of tweets in 2020 that Bieber assaulted them on separate occasions in 2014 and 2015.
Mediation between Bieber and Djibrine was unsuccessful, attorneys for both parties said last month, and the case was tentatively set for trial in May, Billboard reported.
Djibrine did not immediately respond to requests for comment Tuesday.
The initial complaint said the social media users "fraudulently schemed to seek attention and fame by maliciously posting despicable, blatantly false, fabricated, defamatory accusations that Justin Bieber engaged in sexual assault."
The Twitter user identified as Danielle alleged that Bieber assaulted her March 9, 2014, after having invited her to his hotel room in Austin, Texas.
Bieber dismissed the allegations as "factually impossible" and posted receipts, email screenshots and news articles to his social media accounts that indicate he was with his girlfriend at the time, Selena Gomez, the night of the alleged assault.
"Rumors are rumors but sexual abuse is something I don't take lightly. I wanted to speak out right away but out of respect to so many victims who deal with these issues daily I wanted to make sure I gathered the facts before I made any statement," he said on Twitter after the allegations were made.
Djibrine accused Bieber of having invited her to his New York City hotel room around 2:30 a.m. May 5, 2015, and assaulting her.
Bieber's complaint against her said he attended the Met Gala and a celebrity after-party that night, where he remained until 4 a.m. The complaint notes that he was photographed at a hot dog stand after he left the party.
Bieber's attorneys did not immediately respond to a request for comment.