Justin Bieber addressed those rumors about being the father of a woman’s 3-month-old baby on the TODAY SHOW last Friday morning. The pop singer came to TODAY to promote his upcoming Christmas album “Under the Mistletoe,” and told Matt Lauer that there’s no truth to the woman’s claim that he is the father of her child.
“I’d just like to say basically that none of those allegations are true,” Bieber said. “I know that I’m going to be a target, but I’m never going to be a victim.”
“It’s crazy, every night after the show I’ve gone right from the stage right to my car, so it’s crazy that some people want to make up such false allegations. To set the record straight, none of it is true.”
Matt Lauer followed up by asking Bieber, “Do you know this woman? Her name is Mariah Yeater?”
“Never met the woman,” Bieber said.
Lawyers for Mariah Yeater, 20, appeared on HLN’s “Dr. Drew” show Thursday urging the pop star to “step up and take” a paternity test.
Lawyers Matt Pare and Lance Rogers were asked what they would do if the paternity test came back proving that Bieber, 17, is not the father of Yeater’s 3-month-old son. If that happens, they might face a lawsuit from Bieber’s team, who has called the lawsuit “malicious,” “defamatory” and “demonstrably false.”
“We think that’s highly unlikely based on the evidence we have, not all of which has been released to the media,” Pare said. “There’s credible evidence that supports he is the father.”
There’s also potential for the paternity suit to backfire. The LAPD may look into whether Yeater, who was 19 when she claimed she had sex with the then 16-year-old Bieber backstage at one of his Los Angeles concerts, could be charged with statutory rape. Asked whether Yeater’s paternity suit is an admission of statutory rape, Pare said, “not technically.” He added that even if she is found guilty of statutory rape, “that has no bearing whatsoever on the right for child support.”
Meanwhile, photos of the California girl and self-avowed Bieber fan have emerged online. In many, she shows off her prolific piercings and tattoos. Yeater displays the nonchalance of an immature teenager, throwing up her middle finger at the camera in one photo and posing with saran wrap over her face in others.Tags: Dr. Drew Show, Justin Bieber, Lance Rogers, Mariah Yeater, Matt Pare, paternity, paternity test, Today Show