Justin Bieber To Take Paternity Test
Team Bieber want to put a stop to the baby allegations...
Justin Bieber's team have denied the allegations made by 20-year-old Mariah Yeater that the Baby singer is the father of her now 3-month-old child, as he is reportedly planning to take a paternity test to prove his innocence.
Yeater has filed a paternity suit against Bieber, claiming that her son was born after the two had unprotected sex backstage after one of the singer's shows in Los Angeles last year.
In a further twist, The Associated Press reports that Los Angeles Police Commander Andrew Smith said last Thursday (Nov 03) that his department may investigate Yeater because, if her story is true, she could be subject to statutory rape charges, which carry up to a one-year jail sentence, as Bieber was a 16-year-old minor at the time of the incident.
Bieber had not publicly commented on the allegations until last Friday (November 4) when he appeared on the Today show.
"I'd just like to say basically that none of those allegations are true," he told host Matt Lauer.
"I know I'm going to be a target, but I'm never going to be a victim.
"It's crazy that some people want to make up some false allegations, but to set the record straight none of it is true. Never met the woman."
Now, according to gossip site TMZ, Bieber's legal reps have said Justin will take a paternity test as soon as he returns to the US, and once that test proves Yeater is lying they'll sue for defamation.
TMZ's report their source as saying:
"Justin and his team are so serious they directed [Bieber's lawyer Howard] Weitzman to find a lab to do the test and Weitzman has already selected one".
Bieber, who last night was celebrating winning three awards at the 2011 MTV EMA in Belfast, had previously told TMZ he was sure this "wouldn't be the last time" a member of the public would make untrue claims about him, saying:
"It's the first time that something like this has happened, so it's kind of really crazy. I'm sure it won't be the last, but it's just sad that it has to happen like this. I mean, it's just weird that people automatically assume that it was true. But I knew eventually it would die down".
Allegations that might throw further doubt on the credibility of Yeater's claims have now begun to surface, with TMZ revealing that Yeater had previously accused a former boyfriend of fathering her child.
The grandmother of that ex told the site that Yeater had shown up at her grandson's home in December 2010 claiming he was the father, and when he denied the allegations she allegedly smashed a window in his car.
It is them also alleged that when she later returned to apologise, Yeater ended up punching her ex three times. The battery charges relating to that incident are due in court next month, although Yeater's lawyers say she will plead not guilty.