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Indiana University
Robert H. McKinney School of Law

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Family Law Faces Bieber

From on the reported suit to establish (minor) Justin Bieber's paternity:

Teen idol Justin Bieber allegedly lost his virginity – and impregnated a young woman – during a 30-second tryst after a concert in Los Angeles late last year, according to a paternity suit filed Monday. reports that Mariah Yeater, 20, filed court papers on October 31 stating that Bieber is the father of her three-month-old child.

Yeater could also be opening her up to a potential statutory-rape probe, however, as Bieber would have been 16 when the alleged incident occurred. 

California’s age of consent is 18.

Bieber's rep strongly denies the charges, telling "While we haven't yet seen the lawsuit, it's sad that someone would fabricate malicious, defamatory, and demonstrably false claims. We will vigorously pursue all available legal remedies to defend and protect Justin against these allegations."

Regarding the statutory rape possibiilty, Steve Cron, a California defense lawyer, told the New York Post: “Under a normal situation, no harm, no foul ... I would think [prosecutors] might let it go. But under these circumstances, the DA’s office has to show they’re not treating women differently, not treating a celebrity differently, [and] they might have to do something.”

A hearing on the matter is scheduled for December 15.

Read the full article here.


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Justin is a celebrity whose career is smoking hot right now. Naturally, he is going to be a target of such allegations from time to time. The local law enforcement has to step up their game here in that they cannot treat this case any different than other cases - they have to conduct an honest, unbiased investigation into the allegations.

Posted by: Tulsa Divorce Attorneys | Nov 3, 2011 6:50:35 AM

Always amazed at how often false accusations are made in regards to paternity tests. With over 1,000,000 a year testing in the USA and 1 out of 3 are shown NOT to be the father, there should be mandatory paternity testing at birth to eliminate false accusations.

Posted by: Paternity Testing Experts | Jun 11, 2013 10:35:42 AM

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