“Justin Bieber has finally decided to address the baby daddy rumors himself — telling Matt Lauer point blank … Mariah Yeater is LYING THROUGH HER TEETH.
Bieber appeared on “Today” and said, “I’d just like to say that none of those allegations are true” … adding, “I know I’m going to be a target, but I’m never going to be a victim.” -TMZ
As you all probably know, Bieber’s denial is irrelevant. What is relevant is the DNA test establishing paternity. If the results confirm the woman’s allegations, then the family court judge hearing the case will order Bieber to man up and pay child support.
What is intriguing about this case is the conviction in which both sides tell their story. Eventually the truth will out. Note for our purposes the threat of a civil lawsuit below.
“What are the allegations?
A 20-year-old female Justin Bieber fan alleges that she despoiled the erstwhile virgin backstage at a Los Angeles concert last year, and that the singer is the father of her three-month-old baby, Radar first reported Wednesday. Mariah Yeater says Bieber propositioned her on October 25 of last year, when she was 19 and he was 16. She has filed a paternity suit in a California court; her claims are made in a “hand-signed affidavit, sworn under the penalty of perjury.” Tristyn Anthony Markhouse Yeater’s birth date, July 6, 2011, “was exactly 36 weeks and two days after the sexual encounter with Justin Bieber,” Yeater says. Based on that timing, she asserts that “there were no other possible men that I had sex with that could be the father of this baby.”
How did they meet?
According to reports, Yeater alleges that she was “whisked away by security guards” to meet the pop star after his concert at Los Angeles’ Staple Center. “Immediately, it was obvious that we were mutually attracted to one another, and we began to kiss,” Yeater allegedly says in the paternity suit. She claims that Bieber then suggested they go to a private place to be alone, and that he didn’t want to use protection because it was his first time having sex. The tryst “was brief,” Yeater says, “lasting only approximately 30 seconds.”
Is Yeater essentially admitting to statutory rape?
The allegations are certainly “further complicated” by the age difference between Bieber and Yeater, says People. The age of consent in California is 18, but the teen idol was 16 at the time of the alleged encounter, raising the question as to whether Yeater could be charged with statutory rape if Bieber is indeed the father. Responding to that possibility, California defense lawyer Steve Cron tells The New York Post that under normal circumstances, prosecutors would let that age difference slide. “But under these circumstances, the DA’s office has to show they’re not treating women differently, not treating a celebrity differently, [and] they might have to do something. . .”
Yahoo News has the full story.
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