Justin Bieber struck back at a paternity suit from 20-year-old Mariah Yeater filed in San Diego this week, telling the Today Show on Friday he’s “never met the woman” and that “none of these allegations are true.”
“There is a lot of good that comes with celebrity but there’s also a white-hot spotlight,” host Matt Lauer told the Baby singer before recapping Yeater’s claims — first reported in Star magazine and detailed in court papers — that she and Bieber had an unprotected, 30-second sexual encounter in a backstage bathroom at the Staples Center in Los Angeles following an October 2010 show.
“I’d just like to say that basically none of these allegations are true,” Bieber, 17, said. “I’m gonna be a target, but I’m never gonna be a victim.”
Bieber said that he doesn’t even spend time backstage at shows, as he goes “right from the stage to my car.
“It’s crazy that someone would want to make up some false allegations, but none of it is true — [I’ve] never met the woman!”
“Oh, OK,” Lauer said.
Yeater claims the tryst produced her son Tristyn Anthony Markhouse Yeater, who was born July 6; a child support hearing is scheduled for December 15.
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