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Justin Bieber Drags Selena Gomez Into Sexual Assault Claim Denial, Gets Dragged Back

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By Alyssa McCraw

Over the weekend, Justin Bieber was accused of sexual assault by two different women.

Bieber, 26, took a beat before addressing the claims, tweeting that he "wanted to make sure [he] gathered the facts" before making any statement. He denied everything, making many mentions of former flame Selena Gomez along the way.

He backed up his whereabouts with magazine articles and various screenshots, most of which included Gomez's name.

With both the pop stars trending on Twitter, someone said:

"There was absolutely no reason for him to mention Selena several times." via @Selenaxririi (continued below)

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"If this was partially to say 'I had a gf back then and it was selena so I would never do that' it's FAILING cause everyone knows the amount of times he cheated on Selena, she does NOT need to be mentioned," they wrote." - via @Selenaxririi

It was met with mixed response.

The top reply believed Bieber might be hoping to use Gomez as an alibi or witness (as he said he "will be working with twitter and authorities to take legal action"):

However, the original poster said "there’s legitimate proof against her being there" at the time of the allegations, and "he's only using her name as a kind of defensive shield."

'SELENA, SELENA, SELENA And More SELENA'

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Another looked at Bieber's history of bringing up her name:

"justin's statements are like: Selena was my girlfriend at that time, i was with Selena that day, that day Selena was with me at the hotel, SELENA, SELENA, SELENA and more SELENA" - via @lytlmmispureart

They, too, were met with similar responses:

"that's the point of an alibi.... 🤦🏽‍♀️" via @Princesschy6

"Yeah, he's providing a witness to clear his name in this accusation. God forbid" - via @arps23

"if he was in court her name would be brought bcuz she was with him" - via @shamarkenny

"Um an alibi... I hope y’all never go to jail around me just for this cause I’m gonna act blind and deaf" - via @VickeyLynnLovey

The Selenators Showed Up Too

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But several hopped to Gomez's defense:

"I know he could mention her one time only but him kept repeating her name is creepy." - via @BurestSoul

"And suddenly he's really caring about Selena." - via @TayPaintedMeRed

"Justin Bieber: I wasn't there, because Selena. We left our Selena, got into the Selena and drove to the Selena." - via @DarthLamarLord

It looks to me like he wants people to ask Selena to cover for him. Not happening! - via @ramonamadison

Later on, someone took Gomez out of the situation completely:

The original poster came back to take Gomez out of the picture completely:

"The fact that you guys are more worried about selena then the actual accusation is troubling." - via @francelis

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Out of Bieber 15 tweets denying the allegations, 6 of them explicitly mentioned Gomez's name. Some people took up for Bieber in his replies, but others said he should "STOP USING HER AND MENTIONING HER."

In March 2019, Bieber caught fire for feeding a troll that slammed his marriage to model Hailey Baldwin - they said it was fake. They never mentioned Gomez by name, but Bieber certainly did:

"I loved and love Selena she will always hold a place in my heart, but I am head over heels [sic] in love with my wife," Bieber wrote back.

He later shared a screenshot to his Instagram Story (and asked others to do the same): "Stop sending hailey and I these messages if you love me screenshot this and repost everywhere."

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