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Michael Jordan

Paternity War

CASE DISMISSED!

3/18/2013 8:37 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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The woman suing Michael Jordan for paternity and child support -- claiming he fathered her 16-year-old son -- has dismissed her case against the NBA star ... but he might not be out of the woods yet.

TMZ has learned Pamela Smith has filed legal documents in Georgia asking the judge to dismiss her case against MJ -- and her request was granted without prejudice (meaning she can refile at a later time if she wants to).

It's unclear why Pamela wanted the case dismissed -- considering she had recently asked the court to order a DNA test ASAP.

It's possible MJ and Pamela reached some sort of settlement ... or agreed to halt legal action while they try to work things out. It's also possible she simply decided to walk away thinking she would lose in court. We simply don't know.

Either way, MJ has succeeded in taking the situation out of the public eye ... at least for now.

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Pamela's attorney Randy Kessler tells TMZ ... she dropped the case on his advice that "dismissal at this time, without prejudice, is in her son’s best interests." 

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1.

Arcadia Rink    

$$$$$$.$$

482 days ago
2.

Kitsi    

Payoff. he knew the kid is his, so he paid her when she wanted DNA testing.

482 days ago
3.

BE    

I don't know why women put their children through this. We all know that men are only in these situations for sex so it's up to us to do what's right for our children. She has humiliated her son in so many ways. It makes me sick!!

482 days ago
4.

Chorizo300    

Say it ain't so MJ!! You payed her didn't you!!

482 days ago
5.

realtalk    

he paid her off
now her and her son will fade away

482 days ago
6.

lee    

Or... she doesnt want to embarrass herself and her son.. if I was 100% sure I'd go all the way. Why start all this bs and stop..

482 days ago
7.

@iAMTIMWILSON    

He be the papi, thats why she had it dismissed .. MJ about to break her off $$$$

482 days ago
8.

OH NO!    

Sperm just wanna be free yo!

482 days ago
9.

LilStrumpet    

Well I can tell you while he was in Florida trying out or the Chicago White Sox (1994-1995) he was spotted in local restaurants with women who were not his wife!!

482 days ago
10.

Gigi    

If it was a payoff, that's a real nice message to send to your kid. "Your dad gave me a lot of money so we can't complain that he won't admit he's your father. But at least we will be rich!"

482 days ago
11.

youdontknowme    

Anyone who knows her son wouldn't dismiss the fact that she probably just walked away from it. He literally begged his mother to open the case. No surprise here. They prpbab didn't like his response.

482 days ago
12.

nicaw    

A payoff doesn't get her and her kid his last name which was which was one of the things the young man wanted.

Keep in mind her original paternity suit was thrown out years ago. I'm not positive it was a payout. If there is a possibility of another man being that kids father, it doesn't look good for her.

Plus, if it's a payout by MJ why dismiss without prejudice?

481 days ago
13.

broncosgodess    

Maybe Maury wants her on his show?

481 days ago
14.

Jim    

Off topic, but has anyone else noticed that he always seems to have a bad case of pink eye?

481 days ago
15.

wow    

You are sill trying slander mj tmz. I thought this boy wants public recognition. Why settle quitely, if that is the case. I think the dna is getting done privately. MJ just said enough is enough. You are going to get sued by mj one of these days.

481 days ago
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