Mariah Yeater, the young woman who claims Justin Bieber impregnated her during a Staples Center tryst could find herself in legal trouble for statutory rape if her story proves to be true, The New York Daily News reports.
Bieber was still 16-years-old ie. a minor under California law, when he and Yeater, then 19, allegedly had sex in an arena bathroom after one of his shows last October.
It's against California law for an adult to have sex with anyone under 18. If the offender is no more than three years older than the victim--as was the case if Yeater’s claim were true --it would trigger a misdemeanor count punishable by up to a year in jail.
Yeater filed a paternity suit against Bieber in San Diego Superior Court, asking for a paternity test and financial support for the child if Bieber is the father. But no criminal complaint has been made so far regarding the possible statutory rape.
Los Angeles police Cmdr. Andrew Smith says the department could launch an investigation.
“If it’s brought to our attention, of course we’ll look into it,” he says.
Meanwhile, Bieber’s spokesman, Matthew Hiltzik, denied the allegation, calling it “malicious, defamatory and demonstrably false.”