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A Los Angeles police commander says his department could investigate an alleged sexual tryst between an underage Justin Bieber and a now 20-year-old woman because it violates California’s statutory rape law.
Cmdr. Andrew Smith said Thursday that no report has been taken about the October 2010 incident at Staples Center. However, police could look into the matter after various media outlets reported Mariah Yeater filed a paternity suit earlier this week against Bieber.
Yeater had just turned 19 when she says she and Bieber, then 16, had sex backstage at his Staples Center concert in October 2010. She gave birth to a son, Tristyn Anthony Markhouse, who was born three months ago, who she claims is his.
California law states anyone who has unlawful sex with a minor and not more than three years older is guilty of a misdemeanor, which carries up to a one-year jail sentence.
Bieber has denied the claims, tweeting “Im going to ignore the rumors…and focus on what is real, an opportunity to help by doing what i love. Judge me on the music! Love yall!”
Earlier this week, Late Night host Jimmy Fallon spoofed the news, creating a new rendition of Bieber’s hit “Baby” titled “(It’s Not My) Baby.”
Among the lyrics: “You said we did it. And I’m a dad. My lawyer’s trippin’ cause this looks bad. You only said this, to get my cash. And now Selena Gomez is gonna kick my ass.”
While the slightly tweaked chorus is now: “It’s not my baby, baby, baby, no. I’m tellin’ you it’s not mine.”
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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