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Posted at 09:03 AM ET, 11/04/2011

Justin Bieber on ‘Today’: I have never met Mariah Yeater, paternity allegation is ‘not true’ (Video)


Singer Justin Bieber. (DANNY MOLOSHOK - REUTERS)
Justin Bieber denied Friday that there was any truth to the paternity allegation leveled against him, as the teen sensation promoted his new Christmas album on the “Today” show.

(Scroll down to watch video of Bieber’s “Today” interview.)

“None of those allegations are true,” Bieber told the “Today” hosts. He said he has never met Mariah Yeater, the 20-year-old who claims she and the singer conceived a child backstage at L.A.’s Staples Center last year.

“It’s crazy because every night after the show I’ve gone right from the stage right to my car,” Bieber explained.

Bieber’s team called the allegation “malicious, defamatory, and demonstrably false,” and said they will “vigorously pursue all available legal remedies to defend and protect Justin against these allegations.”

The 17-year-old said he knows accusations like this come with the pop star territory and was instead focusing on “real things,” like his fans and his music. This caused the tweens assembled on Rockefeller Plaza to shriek with delight.

As for Yeater, police in Los Angeles said she could be investigated for statutory rape. “If it’s brought to our attention, of course we’ll look into it,” police Cmdr. Andrew Smith told The Associated Press.

Yeater was 19 at the time she says the alleged incident occurred, while Bieber would have been 16.

Yeater's lawyers, Matt Pare and Lance Rogers, appeared on HLN's “Dr. Drew,” where they discussed the possibility that their client will be charged with a crime.

“Under California law, the difference in age is less than three years – then it is only a misdemeanor. If that’s the case, she may be on the hook for misdemeanor; $5,000 penalty,” Pare said. Should she be found guilty, Pare said “that has no bearing whatsoever on the right for child support.

When asked if they are concerned they will be sued should Bieber turn out to not be the father, Pare replied, “We think that’s highly unlikely based on the evidence we have, not all of which has been released to the media, by any means. ... There’s credible evidence that supports he is the father.”

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