A 20-year-old woman claims that Justin Bieber is the father of her 3-month-old baby boy.
Mariah Yeater says she had sex with the 17-year-old superstar backstage at one of his concerts in Los Angeles when she was 19. Now, her lawyers, Matt Pare and Lance Rogers, are asking the court to help her secure child support.
In an exclusive interview on Dr. Drew Thursday night, Pare and Rogers said that they trust their client unequivocally.
“In the relevant time period, she wasn't having sex with anyone else,” Pare said. “That's how we know Justin Bieber is, in fact, the father of the baby ... we need the paternity test to verify that scientifically, 100-percent. It is a modest request. We’re not asking for an exorbitant amount of money. We need him to step up and take the test.”
Pare says he'd like to resolve the matter in a private and confidential manner.
"If Justin Bieber, through his attorneys, would like to contact us and open a dialogue, we would be happy to engage in that,” he said. “We haven't heard from them whatsoever. At this stage, we are left with no other choice.”
Rogers knows it’s their responsibility to present credible evidence under oath.
“It was important for us to make sure we had the details correct and that those details were verified and signed by our client,” he said.
The attorneys were asked what they would do if the paternity test came back and it proved Bieber was not the father, then having to possibly face a lawsuit from Bieber’s team.
“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,” Pare said. “There's credible evidence that supports he is the father.”
The lawyers explained why they haven't gone public with the other evidence.
"We want to give Justin Bieber an opportunity to come to us and resolve this,” Rogers said.
Pare added that another reason is that a paternity case in California is “technically confidential,” explaining that they aren't supposed to disclose evidence outside of court.
By filing the claim though, are Yeater's attorneys admitting statutory rape, possibly putting Yeater in the position of facing criminal liability?
“Not technically,” Pare says. "Here is another thing that's legally significant. 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 stated earlier that even if she is guilty of statutory rape, “that has no bearing whatsoever on the right for child support.”
RadarOnline reports that a hearing has been set for December 15 to determine if Bieber will be required to undergo a DNA test.
Bieber’s team has denied all the claims and released a statement to CNN that reads: "While we haven't yet seen the lawsuit, it’s sad that someone would fabricate malicious, defamatory, and demonstrably false claims."
So far, a police report hasn't been filed.