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The baby-mama drama continues for Justin Bieber!
Last week, fan Mariah Yeater came forward claiming that the 17-year-old pop star is the father of her newborn baby and revealed that she had filed a paternity lawsuit. Bieber immediately denied the claims, and now it seems he's ready to put the rumors to rest. According to TMZ, Bieber has agreed to take a paternity test as soon as he returns to the U.S. from Europe in two weeks. And, says TMZ, if the test comes out negative, Bieber's lawyers are prepared to sue Yeater for slander.
Last week, rumors swirled that the "Love You Like a Love Song" singer had left Bieber over the scandal. But Bieber's rep tells E! that they're still together, and the teen power-couple further dispelled the rumors by showing a united front this weekend in Belfast. Bieber, 17, and Gomez, 19, were spotted holding hands and smiling during the MTV Voices dinner on Saturday night, prior to their big night at the MTV Europe Music Awards (which were hosted by Selena and featured a performance by Justin).
Meanwhile, the Daily Mail has released the first pictures of the 4-month-old baby whom mother Yeater claims was conceived in a backstage tryst with Bieber. And Yeater believes that her son, Tristyn Anthony Markhouse Yeater, bears a clear resemblance to Bieber.
"Look, just look at his mouth," Yeater, 20, told the paper. "I pray that Justin sees theses photos, looks at Tristyn and knows in his heart that this is his child and out child. It's going to be a nightmare for all of us if he keeps denying it...I just want what is right for our son I feel terribly hurt that we have been abandoned and none of my calls to Justin were returned."
The "Baby" singer told the Today show on Friday that he's never even met Yeater, who says she had unprotected sex with him in a backstage bathroom at the Los Angeles Staples Center last October. And although Yeater's camp claims they have "credible evidence" of the encounter, the New York Post has published a report that throws some doubt on her story. The Post interviewed Yeater's ex-boyfriend John Terranova, 19, who says she told him that he was the father before telling the press that it was Bieber. Terranova told the Post that he didn't believe she'd had an encounter with the pop star, and her paternity suit is "a scam." The paper also revealed that Yeater is facing charges of battery, for allegedly assaulting Terranova last December after she found out he had a new girlfriend.
Of course, we'll only know for sure if Yeater is telling the truth after Bieber takes the DNA test.
If the test comes out positive, Yeater is entitled to child support -- and a whole a lot of it. By law, says a lawyer consulted by People, a child is entitled to live by the same standard as the father -- meaning that Yeater "could potentially receive tens of thousands of dollars in monthly support until the child turns 18."
Then again, Yeater could also be sued for statutory rape, since Bieber was just 16 when the alleged encounter occurred. Who knew one little baby could inspire so many potential lawsuits?