LOS ANGELES (CBS) — Police could investigate an alleged sexual encounter between Justin Bieber and a San Diego woman last October at Staples Center because the singer was 16 at the time, authorities said Thursday.
Los Angeles Police Cmdr. Andrew Smith told The Associated Press that no report has been taken about the incident. However, his department could file a report after various media outlets reported Mariah Yeater filed a paternity suit earlier this week against the teen heartthrob in San Diego Superior Court.
“If it’s brought to our attention, of course we’ll look into it,” Smith said.
Yeater had just turned 19 when she says she and Bieber, then 16, had a brief sexual encounter after one of the singer’s concerts. She said she gave birth to a boy in July and believes Bieber is the father because there were no other possible men she had sex with at that time.
Yeater is asking a judge for child support and a paternity test. A hearing is scheduled for Dec. 15.
“She is not seeking exorbitant compensation,” said Yeater’s attorneys Lance Rogers and Matthew Pare in a statement to Star Magazine. “She merely requests that Justin Bieber provide a DNA sample to verify that he is the father of Mariah Yeater’s baby, and if so, to help provide child support as required by California law.”
But that same law may prove a problem for Yeater.
California law states anyone who has unlawful sex with a minor and is not more than three years older is guilty of a misdemeanor, which carries up to a one-year jail sentence.
“The issue of statutory rape even if she’s guilty, hypothetically, that has no bearing on the duties to provide child support,” said Pare. “It’s a totally separate issue.”
Pare said he and his client have not been contacted by authorities, nor by anyone representing Bieber. He said Yeater is a stay-at-home mother who is looking for adequate child support if a paternity test determines Bieber is the father.
“The most important thing for our client is letting her baby know who his father is,” Pare said.
Yeater has not received any money from media outlets about her allegations, despite receiving public assistance, Pare added.
Bieber’s camp has denied he is the child’s father, but Yeater’s family supports her claims.
“She met him at a concert and he sent two security guards down off the stage to bring her backstage to meet him. And she said they partied, and were, I guess, having some drinks or something, and they indulged in sex,” Yeater’s grandfather, Eddie Markhouse, told Inside Edition.
Bieber, 17, has been dating 19-year-old actress-singer Selena Gomez. Rumors about the couple’s relationship began about December 2010, two months after the alleged incident with Yeater.
Emails sent to Bieber’s and Gomez’s representatives seeking comment were not immediately returned Thursday.
Bieber himself has been mum on the subject since the lawsuit was brought to light, with the exception of a post on Twitter. Bieber wrote Wednesday, “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! [sic]”
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