The woman who has accused Justin Bieber of fathering her babyallegedly tried to cover up text messages which claimed another manwas the father.
Mariah Yeater reportedly asked a friend yesterday to erase anincriminating message, and offered them a cut of the money she ishoping to make from her paternity claim.
Yeater's message, which has been obtained by TMZ.com, to herfriend - who has been in touch with her since before her baby wasborn -reads: "ERASE ALL MESSAGES from my mom."
The message goes on to say Yeater's mother had sent texts to thepal in the past, stating that four-month-old Tristyn was fatheredby Yeater's ex-boyfriend Robbie.
While Yeater's pal - who asked not to be named when showingTMZ.com the messages - complied with her request, they still hadanother incriminating text she hadn't asked them to delete,reading: "Would you please stress to Robbie how important it is forhim to be in his son's life?"
A lawyer for Bieber said: "This information proves Mariah Yeaterfabricated the story. Our independent investigation indicates MsYeater never met Justin, she has consistently identified anotherman as the child's father, and Ms Yeater and her co-conspiratorshatched this scheme in order to extort money from him and to sellher story to the media."
While Mariah's original lawyers, Lance Rogers and Matt Pare,have stopped representing her and she has dropped her paternitylawsuit, she has assembled a new legal team and is thought to becontinuing a claim against the Never Say Never singer out ofcourt.
Despite the baby allegations Bieber is keeping his "headhigh".
He told New York radio station Z100: "Right now, I'm focusing onmy album and the music and the Pencils of Promise charity we'redoing, and just being positive because Christmas time is a time forjoy and happiness, so that's what I'm thinking.
As far as the whole baby situation, it's unfortunate that it hadto happen like that that. People make false accusations, but thingshappen in this industry and you have to keep your head high and bepositive."
Despite admitting the claims could damage his reputation as arole model, Justin was able to joke about the claims, saying hewishes he had been the target of a different story.
"If it was up to me, it would have been a better story like,'Justin Bieber went off to South America with this 27-year-oldsupermodel.' That would have been awesome.
"They say that any press is good press - I do not believe that'strue. If you're in the spotlight, then people are looking at you tobe a role model, and if you're doing bad things to be gettingpress, I think that's really, really sad."
Strain on relationship
Selena Gomez admits dealing with claims that Bieber had fathereda child with another woman have been "not easy".
The 19-year-old actress - who has been dating the teen singingsensation since March - explained while the situation has beendifficult, the pair are doing their best to cope.
Asked by chat show host Ellen DeGeneres whether she was allright in the wake of the outlandish allegations, Selena said: "Ihave been, yeah. It's not easy to deal with."
Despite the pressure Gomez has been under, the Monte Carlo starinsists the pair have still been having fun and she has beenteasing him in recent weeks about his penchant for wearing baggypants, as she doesn't understand his obsession with low-slungtrousers.
When DeGeneres asked whether Gomez could mention something toher boyfriend about his choice in pants, she said: "I've told him!I don't get it. He just laughs at me."
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