Justin Bieber Calls Paternity Allegation ‘Unfortunate’
First Published: November 17, 2011 5:28 PM EST Credit: Getty Premium
LOS ANGELES, Calif. -- Justin Bieber continues to speak out about the dropped paternity suit, initially filed by Mariah Yeater, who claimed the singer fathered her 3-month-old baby – something Bieber and his reps have denied from the start of the controversy.
“As far as the whole baby situation, it’s unfortunate that it had to happen like that. That people make false accusations, but things happen in this industry and you just have to keep your head high and be positive and that’s all I really have to say,” Justin said on Thursday morning during an interview on the “Elvis Duran and the Morning Show” in New York City.
“If it was up to me, it would have been a better story, like, ‘Justin Bieber went off to like South America with this 27-year-old supermodel,’” the 17-year-old star joked. “That would have been an awesome rumor.”
Justin’s comments come on the same day that text messages surfaced that allegedly show Yeater asking a friend to erase texts that name another man as the father, and promising to give him some of the money she thinks she’ll get from the singer.
Bieber’s attorney released a statement to Access about the text messages.
“This information proves Mariah Yeater fabricated the story. Our independent investigation indicates Ms. Yeater never met Justin, she has consistently identified another man as the child’s father, and Ms. Yeater and her co-conspirators hatched this scheme in order to extort money from him and to sell her story to the media,” Howard Weitzman said in a statement. “There have been no settlement discussions and there never will be.”
Bieber’s rep also told Access that the singer’s team has made arrangements for him to take a DNA test.
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