November 4th, 2011
10:48 AM ET
In an interview on the "Today" show Friday, Justin Bieber says he's never met Mariah Yeater, the 20-year-old California woman who claims he's the father of her three-month-old son.
In a paternity lawsuit, the woman reportedly claims that she and Bieber had sex backstage at one of his L.A. concerts in October of 2010, and she's requesting the 17-year-old star take a DNA test to "scientifically confirm" that he's the father. She's also asking the court to help her secure child support.
"None of those allegations are true," Bieber said on "Today." "I know I'm going to be a target, but I'm not going to be a victim."
He added that after his concerts, "I've gone right from the stage right to my car, so it's crazy that some people want to make up false allegations. To set the record straight, none of it is true...[I've] never met the woman."
Meanwhile, Yeater's lawyers said on HLN's "Dr. Drew" on Thursday that they think it's highly unlikely that Bieber is not the father.
“In the relevant time period, she wasn't having sex with anyone else,” one of Yeater's attorneys, Matt 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.”
So far, Pare and his colleague Lance Rogers say that they haven't heard from Bieber's lawyers, although they'd like to in order to "open a dialogue." Pare and Rogers also claim they have additional evidence - "credible evidence that supports he is the father" - that hasn't been released to the media.
The two say they haven't provided this information to the public because they "want to give Justin Bieber an opportunity to come to us and resolve this."
As far as whether Yeater is also opening herself up to a statutory rape charge, since Yeater was 19 when she alleges that she had sex with a then 16-year-old Bieber, Pare says Yeater wouldn't "technically" face criminal liability.
"Here is another thing that's legally significant," Pare said. "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 a misdemeanor; $5,000 penalty."
As Bieber's baby drama case continues to make headlines, other celebrities, from Jimmy Fallon to Nick Cannon, are weighing in.
Fallon took a more lighthearted approach on his late night talk show, spoofing Bieber's hit single "Baby" and turning it into a denial of paternity allegations.
Cannon, on the other hand, offered Bieber some advice:
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