Justin Bieber to Take Paternity Test, Sue Accuser
Justin Bieber will take a paternity test in two weeks hoping to prove that he is not the father of a child a fan claims is his.
The woman, Mariah Yeater, claims that Bieber fathered her four-month-old child during an incident backstage after one of the pop star’s shows at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. Bieber has maintained that he has never met the women since the charges were made public.
Bieber currently is in Europe promoting his recently released Christmas album, and will take the paternity test when he returns to the United States on November 17.
In a statement, Bieber’s manager, Matthew Hiltzik, said, “We’ll vigorously pursue all available legal remedies to protect Justin and to hold those involved with bringing this suit accountable for their actions.”
A lawyer for Bieber told TMZ that if the test proves that Bieber is not the father, then the singer plans to sue Yeater. Additionally, if Bieber turns out to be the father of the child, Yeater reportedly could face statutory rape charges since Bieber would have been 16 at the time of the alleged incident, and the legal age of consent in California is 18.
While in Europe, Bieber attended at the MTV Europe Awards held in Ireland on Sunday. He won the “Best Male” and “Best Pop” awards during the ceremony.
The aforementioned Christmas album, Under the Mistletoe, was released on November 1. The album contains Christmas classics like “Santa Claus is Coming to Town,” and “Silent Night,” as well as new songs like “Only Thing I Ever Get for Christmas,” which was co-written by Bieber himself. Many stars appear on the album, including Usher, Boys II Men, Busta Rhymes and the Band Perry. Mariah Carey joined Bieber for a duet of her 1994 Christmas song, “All I Want for Christmas is You.”