Justin Bieber, baby daddy? Fan's paternity allegations denied
This post has been corrected, as indicated below.
Justin Bieber, baby daddy? His legal team is calling allegations in a reported paternity suit "malicious, defamatory and demonstrably false" and vowing to fight them. Bieber, meanwhile, has told fans he's focusing on other things.
Mariah Yeater, 20, made the claim in a paternity suit filed Monday in Southern California, according to Star magazine, which said it has seen the lawsuit and its handwritten declaration from the 20-year-old single mom. A rep for 17-year-old Bieber's legal team Tuesday told outlets including TMZ and RadarOnline that although hadn't yet seen the suit, "We will vigorously pursue all available legal remedies to defend and protect Justin against these allegations."
Bieber is currently promoting his new Christmas-themed album and, on Sunday, will pick up one of the inaugural MTV Voices awards at the MTV Europe Video Awards in Belfast, in recognition of his work to raise millions for various charities. He's also recently a multibillionaire -- 2 billion, to be more specific -- in the YouTube page-views department.
So -- the allegations. Yeater said she and Bieber met backstage at a concert in L.A. on Oct. 25, 2010, where he propositioned her and then lost his virginity, knocking her up in the process.
"When I later realized I was pregnant with Justin Bieber's baby, I tried to contact him through his representatives but no one ever called me back," she told the court, according to Star. She gave birth to a son this past July 6, and stated in the suit that there was nobody else she'd had sex with in between.
Team Bieber told the tabloid there's no way he could have been alone with anyone backstage at a concert.
At least in this case, if it all moves forward, a paternity test on the baby boy would answer some questions. That was a little harder in the case of one apparently mentally ill Leonardo DiCaprio fan who claimed he was the father of her unborn child -- a baby she said she was choosing not to deliver, as he'd not yet taken her as his wife.
DiCaprio was granted a three-year restraining order against Livia Bistriceanu in September 2010, more than two years after she said she was carrying his child.
Bieber laid out his personal plan Wednesday on Twitter: "so Im going to ignore the rumors ... and focus on what is real. an opportunity to help by doing what i love. Judge me on the music! Love yall!"
[For the record, 9:55 a.m. Nov. 3: This post originally said the paternity suit was filed in Los Angeles. Though the concert noted in the lawsuit was at Staples Center in L.A., the papers were filed in San Diego County Superior Court.]
-- Christie D'Zurilla
Photo: Justin Bieber onstage in Lima, Peru, on Oct. 17. Credit: Enrique Castro-Mendivil / Reuters