Just a few days after denying that he fathered a child with a fan last year, Justin Bieber has reportedly agreed to take a paternity test in the matter.
According to TMZ, Bieber, 17, has vowed to take a DNA test in two weeks when he returns from an overseas trip to prove that he is not the father of accuser Mariah Yeater’s three-month old child. TMZ, citing unnamed sources “directly connected with Justin,” reported that after Bieber takes the paternity test his lawyers plan to sue Yeater. The sources said that Bieber’s lawyer, Howard Weitzman, reached out to Yeater’s attorneys on Friday to confirm that the DNA test will take place and have already chosen the lab they will use. After the test takes place, the “Baby” singer’s team will reportedly file suit, though TMZ did not specify what kind of legal action is planned. A spokesperson for Bieber could not be reached for comment on the TMZ report.
Bieber — who was a big winner at the MTV Europe Music Awards on Sunday night with wins as Best Pop and Best Male — appeared on the “Today” show on Friday to promote his just-released Christmas album, Under the Mistletoe, and addressed the situation. “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.”
Bieber 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 explained. “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.” It was also reported last week that the incident could spark a statutory rape investigation by Los Angeles police because the woman was 19-years-old at the time and Bieber was allegedly 16.
While Yeater awaits the results of that test, the Associated Press reported that she faces a bench trial on December 12 in Las Vegas on a misdemeanor battery charge stemming from a December 2010 incident involving her 18-year-old ex-boyfriend. According to court records, she faces a misdemeanor battery charge for allegedly slapping the unnamed man during an argument about a broken window on his new girlfriend’s car. She could get six months in jail and a $1,000 fine in the case.
Yeater’s lawyer in that matter said she’s pleaded not guilty. TMZ reported that Yeater accused that man of fathering a child with her as well.