Woah! Instead of fighting it out in court, Jay Z has reportedly agreed to settle a paternity suit via a settlement.
According to Radar Online, the hip-hop mogul will likely pay a settlement to 21-year-old Rymir Satterthwaite, whom hoped to force a paternity test via a civil lawsuit.
“Ultimately the case will probably be settled out of court,” Lillie Collie, Satterthwaite’s legal guardian, tells the site. “We’ve been going through this since 2011 and it has gotten to the point where the family just wants it to be over.”
Satterthwaite claims Jay hooked up with his mother 21 years ago, before he had hit rap stardom and before he married Beyonce.
The legal battle dates back to June 2010, when Wanda Satterthwaite named Jay Z as a possible father to her son. DNA testing has already proven that a second man, believed to be the boy’s father since birth, was not the biological father. So, Wanda has since tried to force Jay Z to submit to testing, but has dodged any attempts.
As for the potential settlement, Radar notes that Satterthwaite will use the money to pay for medical bills, in addition to his mounting legal fees.
“Nobody wants this to drag out anymore,” Collie said.
This is the first time Jay Z has been in at the center of a paternity scandal. In the mid-2000s, a Trinidadian model named Shenelle Scott made headlines, when rumors surfaced that her young son was Jay’s.
The rapper has never publicly acknowledged the claim, but Radar cites a source who said he pays her child support and helped her buy a nice home in Trinidad.