I don’t keep up with the celebrity gossip, but apparently some woman that pop sensation Justin Bieber (allegedly?) had sex with is claiming that she is pregnant by him. The problem is that he was below the California age of consent:
Mariah Yeater, the woman who claims Justin Bieber fathered her baby in a backstage bathroom, could be investigated for having sex with a minor because the singer was 16 at the time.
While no crime has been reported, Los Angeles Police Commander Andrew Smith told The Associated Press on Thursday that the department could investigate after Yeater filed the paternity suit against the teen heartthrob in San Diego Superior Court.
“If it’s brought to our attention, of course we’ll look into it,” Smith said.
Of course, even if the child was a product of “rape”, Bieber would still be on the hook for child support:
“The issue of statutory rape, even if she’s guilty, hypothetically, that has no bearing on the duties to provide child support,” said one of Yeater’s lawyers, Matthew Pare. “It’s a totally separate issue.”
He absolutely should be on the hook for child support, if the kid is his. But that’s not indicative that it should be “separate issue[s],” but rather that the sex should not have been illegal in the first place.
Seriously, the age of consent in California is 18? I would not have guessed that it would be particularly high in that particular state.