The woman who claimed that Justin Beiber is the father of her child could herself be charged with statutory rape. According to California state law anyone who has unlawful sex with a minor and is not more than three years older is guilty of a misdemeanour.
Mariah Yeater, 20, had filed a lawsuit claiming that Justin Bieber is the father of her child and demanded that he take a paternity test and ‘provide adequate support’ for her four-month old baby.
However, she herself could be investigated for statutory rape because of the singer’s age.
“If it's brought to our attention, of course we'll look into it,” news.au quoted Police Commander Andrew Smith as telling a news agency.
The charges could get Yeates up to one year in jail.
“The issue of statutory rape even if she's guilty has no bearing on the duties to provide child support," Yeater's lawyer Matthew Pare was quoted as saying.
Justin Bieber has denied these claims calling them ‘malicious’ and ‘defamatory’.