By Adam B. Vary
Updated November 01, 2011 at 12:00 PM EDT

In response to reports that a 20-year-old California woman has filed a paternity suit against 17-year-old Justin Bieber — reportedly alleging the two had sex backstage at one of his Los Angeles concerts when she was 19 — the music star’s rep has sent the following statement to EW (emphasis hers):

EW could not independently confirm the lawsuit, as paternity actions are sealed in the interest of the child.