Representatives for Canadian pop star Justin Bieber say they will “vigorously” pursue their legal options to defend against allegations that he fathered the child of a now 20-year-old California woman.
The web was awash Wednesday with reports all pointing to the allegations in a Star magazine story, which was picked up by gossip website Radar Online. The issue of Star magazine containing the Bieber story has not yet hit newsstands and the full story has not been posted online.
The report states that Mariah Yeater filed a paternity lawsuit on Monday calling for a DNA test to determine if Bieber is the father of her child. Yeater alleges she had sex with Bieber backstage at one of his concerts last year - when she was 19 and he was 16 - and is now seeking child support, according to the story.
“While we haven't yet seen the lawsuit, it's sad that someone would fabricate malicious, defamatory and demonstrably false claims,” said Melissa Victor, vice-president of media and artist relations with Bieber's U.S. label Island Def Jam, in a statement provided to The Canadian Press.
“We will vigorously pursue all available legal remedies to defend and protect Justin against these allegations.”
A message on Bieber's Twitter account on Wednesday morning also appeared to comment on the claims.
“All the rumors ... the gossip ... I'm gonna focus on the positives ... the music,” reads the tweet.