Exclusive interview: Mariah Yeater still claims she had Bieber’s baby
By STELLA FOSTER email@example.com December 19, 2011 10:38PM
Updated: January 21, 2012 8:09AM
THIS REPORTER exclusively spoke with Mariah Yeater by phone from her home in San Diego on Dec. 14. In case you don’t recognize the name, she is the 20-year-old unemployed single `mom, who on Oct. 31, filed a paternity lawsuit against pop star Justin Bieber in a San Diego court claiming he fathered her baby son, Tristyn, who was born on July 6, which Bieber and his attorney have vehemently denied.
I asked Yeater (while baby Tristyn cried in the background) if she dropped her paternity lawsuit against Bieber as reported in the media? She said, “I am still pursuing the paternity claim through my Chicago attorney Jeffery Leving and my Los Angeles attorney John Carlson but outside of court,” Yeater said. “I dropped my lawsuit, but never my claim. I still definitely want a DNA test and I want to refile my paternity case.”
I asked Yeater is Bieber the father — “I do believe he is the father,” said Yeater.
I asked if she actually did have sex with Bieber as she has claimed? “I had sex with him on Oct. 25, 2010 in a bathroom at the Staples Center in L.A.,” Yeater said.
I asked her about the recent RadarOnline report that Robbie Powell, 23, who was arrested Nov. 26 on drug and burglary charges in San Diego is the “real father?” She said, “Yes, I know him. He is not the father and he’s locked up and out of the picture.”
I talked to her attorney Leving and he said:
“Although the legal proceedings have been dismissed, we have the ability and the legal right to refile at any time,” Leving said. Leving says in reference to the DNA test that Bieber claims to have taken, “Bieber’s counsel has not provided me documentation supporting that the DNA test occurred.” “Bieber’s counsel hasn’t told me where Bieber’s alleged DNA is secured nor has provided information substantiating the chain of custody and protocol utilized in the claimed DNA collection and testing,” said the noted father’s rights attorney.
“If negotiations with Bieber’s counsel does not result in DNA testing of everyone under mutually agreeable and controlled conditions, then the legal proceedings will likely need to be refiled,” Leving said.
Leving says he is handling this case pro bono. “Even my daughter is a Bieber fan, which is making my case not popular at home,” Leving added.
By the way, I am the only journalist she has spoken to since Leving took over her case last month. Bieber’s lawyer would not comment.
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