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Sued by Man

Claiming to Be His Father

7/8/2010 3:40 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

TMZ has learned ... LeBron James and his mother Gloria James are being sued for millions by a man who claims he tried to prove he's the NBA star's biological father -- but LeBron and his mom tampered with the evidence in a diabolical cover-up.

The lawsuit is explosive -- in it, 55-year-old Leicester Bryce Stovell claims he met Gloria in a D.C. area bar in 1984 ... and had unprotected sex with her on the night they met. He later found out she was 15-years-old at the time ... he was 29.

According to the docs -- filed recently in federal court -- Gloria has spent the rest of her life shielding LeBron from the truth.

But the man making the claim isn't some schmuck -- dude is a Princeton graduate ... who earned a law degree from the University of Chicago ... and then became a Senior Legal Advisor for the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

In his suit, Stovell claims he has a very clear recollection of the night he had "consensual sexual relations" with Gloria -- in fact, he even remembers apologizing for his sub-par performance.


Leicester claims Gloria went back to her hometown in Ohio after they hooked up -- but returned several months later to inform him she was pregnant with a boy named LeBron ... but she never specifically identified the father.

Leicester -- a self-proclaimed high school star athlete -- says he remembers telling Gloria, "Well, if he's mine, make sure he plays basketball." He claims that was the last time he saw Gloria for more than 20 years.

According to the docs, Leicester claims he reconnected with Gloria over the phone in 2007 -- when he began to think he could be LeBron's father ... partly because they look almost identical.  Leicester also notes that when he saw LeBron at an NBA game he was, "struck by our similarity in appearance ... James and I are nearly if not identical height and pigmentation and have very similar athletic body types."

Leicester claims during the 2007 phone call -- Gloria denied ever meeting him -- threatened to have him physically harmed -- and told him, "LeBron's money is for his children."

A few days after the phone call, Leicester claims LeBron -- through his lawyer -- agreed to take a DNA paternity test.

Leicester claims he was given results that showed he was not LeBron's dad ... but several months later, he began to suspect that the results were tampered with ... and Gloria and LeBron were behind the fraud.

So why would LeBron participate in such a cover-up? Leicester claims it's all, "due to anger at perceived abandonment and conflict arising from his image as a successful fatherless child from the projects."

He also claims that Gloria had "fabricated" a story about LeBron's real father for the "one dimensional commercial image-making purpose ... to make [LeBron's] life suggestive of Spike Lee's popular 1998 sports drama film, 'He Got Game.'"

Leicester is now seeking $4 million from both LeBron and his mother -- claiming fraud, defamation and misrepresentation.

And check this out -- Leicester also points out that LeBron named his 2nd son "Bryce" -- and claims it's no coincidence.  As we said, Leicester's middle name is Bryce.

LeBron's reps could not be reached for comment. 

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Just Sayin    

money is the root of all evil

1571 days ago


GROSS! He is willing to admit he was almost 40 and raped a 15 year old just so he can have a chance at some money?

What a sicko!

1571 days ago


Oh whoops, 29 not 39, my booboo :( Still pretty gross! :P

1571 days ago

Voted 4 Obama and Completed my Census    

They look nothing alike...........NOTHING

1571 days ago


They don't look alike, other than the color and hair.

1571 days ago


Sometimes the best thing to do is to keep your mouth shut and take it with you to the grave.

1571 days ago


#1 is correct. What if he is Lebron's dad? Why would he sue for $4Mill, an arbitrary amount. All this is going to do is cause a bunch of attorneys to get rich over a frivolous suit. Because Lebron can choose not to have a father if he wants.

1571 days ago


So he is not only after the money, but he's a rapist as well? Sounds like he would have made an excellent father.

And FYI TMZ, just because he got an education doesn't mean he is vaccinated against being a schmuck. I would say that because he banged a 15 year old girl, he has pretty much reached past schmuck status. What a complete loser.

1571 days ago


I have no idea whether or not this guy is actually Lebron's dad, but his lawsuit is bull****. Considering he is a UC grad, he should be smarter than this. This baseless lawsuit is probably just to write a book. I can't imagine any form of fraud, defamation, or misrepresentation that caused him any harm. I bet he is broke as hell.

1571 days ago


If all this is true, then he's a pathetic excuse for a father. If LeBron wants nothing to do with him, then he should go away. What does he want? Money, or fame.

1571 days ago


good luck getting money from a child you never supported. Where were you when his mother was hustling to keep food on the table! Sick perv sleeping with a kid, a 15 year old LOOKS like a 15 year old. Even if he's Lebron's dad, and I doubt it, he won't see a penny!

1571 days ago


Seriously?! Did he graduate at the bottom of his Princeton law class, cause I am pretty sure that having sex with a 15 year old child is against the law, no?

1571 days ago


I hope you're happy, TMZ! NOW I'M BLIND!

1571 days ago


Why is he suing his son? The father owes his Mom child support, not the other way around! He does not look like his son at all. good luck buster!

1571 days ago


shuldnt he be getting sued for having sex with a minor?

1571 days ago
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