Justin Bieber Mariah Yeater – Mariah Yeater could be charged with statutory rape if she had sex with Justin Bieber.
The twisted tale of the paternity claim took another turn on Thursday when the Los Angeles Police Department said it may investigate the woman making the claims for statutory rape.
Bieber has vehemently denied the allegations made by 20-year-old Yeater that the “Baby” singer is the father of her now 3-month-old child.
Yeater has filed a paternity suit against Bieber, claiming that the boy was born after the two had unprotected sex backstage after one of the singer’s shows in Los Angeles last year. Now, according to The Associated Press, Los Angeles Police Commander Andrew Smith said on Thursday that his department may investigate the accuser because if her story is true, Mariah could be subject to statutory rape charges since the pop star was a 16-year-old minor at the time of the incident.
According to California law, someone who has unlawful sex with a person who is under 18 years of age and is not more than three years older than that person is guilty of a misdemeanor, which carries up to a one-year jail sentence.
Justin has made a number of press appearances this week to promote his new Christmas album, Under the Mistletoe. However, he had not publicly commented on the allegations until 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 Matt Lauer. “I know I’m going to be a target, but I’m never going to be a victim.” Justin explained on “Today” that the logistics of her claim don’t fit with his hectic schedule. “I think it’s crazy because every night after the show I’ve gone right from the stage right to my car,” he said. “So 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.”
A hearing is scheduled for December 15 in the paternity case, in which she is asking for child support and for the Canadian pop/R&B singer to take a paternity test to determine if the baby is his.
“The issue of statutory rape, even if she’s guilty, hypothetically, that has no bearing on the duties to provide child support,” said Matthew Pare, one of the Mariah’s lawyers. “It’s a totally separate issue.” As of press time, Pare said he had not been contacted by authorities over the rape issue.