Justin Bieber On Paternity Suit: ‘I’m Never Going To Be A Victim’

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In an unusual move for a young pop star, Justin Bieber directly addressed the paternity allegations of Mariah Yeater on this morning’s Today show.

“I know that I’m going to be a target, but I’m never going to be a victim,” the 17-year-old told Matt Lauer of the claims that he fathered her 3-month-old son after a concert in L.A. last year. “It’s crazy because every night after the show, I’ve gone right from the stage right to my car. I never met the woman.”

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The statement was sandwiched between fluffier questions about Bieber’s Christmas album, Under the Mistletoe, and his charitable efforts. Still, his handlers are usually so strict about what reporters can and can’t ask him, that this straightforward statement says that Team Bieber is either confident that Yeater’s claims are false, or confident that they can make it all go away quickly.

Yeater’s lawyers, meanwhile, aren’t ready to back down. In a statement released today, they said that the 20-year-old is not looking for a big payout, just a “modest” claim. “There is credible evidence that Justin Bieber is in fact the father of her baby,” they said. “We call upon Justin Bieber and his attorneys to reach out to resolve this issue in a reasonable manner.”

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