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Police may probe fan's 'underage sex' claim

Police could investigate the alleged 30-second sexual encounter between Justin Bieber and fan Mariah Yeater because the singer was 16 at the time.

Commander Andrew Smith, of Los Angeles police, said no report had been taken about the incident, which apparently occurred backstage at the Staples Centre in Los Angeles last October.

However, the authorities may investigate, after 20-year-old Yeater created a media storm with her claims that pop singer Justin Bieber is the father of her three-month-old baby boy. "If it's brought to our attention, of course we'll look into it," Cdr Smith said.

According to California law, it is illegal to have sex with someone under the age of 18.

It states that anyone who has unlawful sex with a minor and is not more than three years older is guilty of a misdemeanor, which carries up to a one-year jail sentence.

However, lawyers of Miss Yeater have said that "the issue of statutory rape" has "no bearing on the duties to provide child support". "It's a totally separate issue," said lawyer Matthew Pare, who added that Yeater has not been contacted by police authorities or any of Bieber's camp.

"The most important thing for our client is letting her baby know who his father is," Pare said.

The new mother has not received any money from media outlets about her allegations, despite receiving public assistance, the lawyer has added.

Mariah Yeater filed a paternity suit on Monday against the teen heartthrob in San Diego Superior Court and is appealing for Canadian-born Bieber to financially support her baby.

Miss Yeater, who said she gave birth to a boy, Tristyn Anthony Markhouse Yeater in July, believes Bieber is the father because she didn't have sex with any other men at that time.

She is asking a judge for child support and a paternity test. A hearing is scheduled for December 15.

Global sensation Bieber, who is due to appear alongside girlfriend Selena Gomez at the MTV Europe Music Awards in Belfast on Sunday, took to his social networking page to deny the allegations.

"I'm going to ignore the rumours and focus on what is real," Bieber told his almost 14 million Twitter followers.

Yeater's grandfather, Eddie Markhouse, said she is a "good, honest girl" and would never dare to make up lies about people.

"She said they partied, had some drinks and they indulged in sex ... She's basically an honest good person. She's a good kid and she loves this baby," he said.

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