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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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1569 days ago


yes he would want to claim daddy rigths when and were was he when he was needed and now that james is more in doubt he wants to be daddy of the yr i'd say judgement not granted no money for you and hell even if they gave him money james can turn around and sue for all that back childsupport......

1569 days ago


Yeah, sure they look alike....after a few ****tails.

1569 days ago


When I look at one of the pictures, he and Lebron do resemble each other. My question is, why wait this long to show up? And what is he suing them for? She should be suing him for non support for all of these years if indeed he is the father! Some nerve.

1569 days ago


I don't understand. if he is a professional and has some money. Why doesn't he hire a private investigator to get LeBeon's DNA? I'm sure I could go to the towel boy or bartender hand over some cash and get my sample.

1569 days ago


This is a disgrace. Where was "dad" when mama was struggling to raise Lebron alone? Also, if he's so quick to hop in the sack with no condom, perhaps he has other children out there, too. This man should be locked up for molestation. Greedy dog.

1569 days ago


This so called Princeton grad & U. Chicago law grad is PATHETIC and definitely is an EMBARRASSMENT to those institutions of higher education.
Moreover, this piece of garbage is an EMBARRASSMENT to all males.
Supposedly has UNPROTECTED sex, he's then 29 (I would think he SHOULD have long had his law degree) with a 15 yr. old CHILD, whom he CAN'T tell is a MINOR???
And then, when he supposedly learns that she is pregnant, he TELLS Gloria, "Well, IF he is mine, make sure that he PLAYS basketball."??? But, does NOT immediately confirm paternity, does NOT stay in their lives, does NOT support his son and Gloria??????????????????????????????????????????????????????
Pathetic piece of garbage. I feel bad for James and his mother. Regardless of the DNA.

1569 days ago


His eyes are dialated in most of the photos. He looks high on opiates. Something is wrong with this guy.

1569 days ago


Icky. Really icky. And why on Earth would you sue your child? If he really is the father, he should be happy his child has done well. Humanity never ceases to surprise me.

1569 days ago


I'd like to see 2 lawsuits filed against this guy: the first by Gloria for back child support he claims he owes (plus unconsentual sex...15 yr olds can NOT legally give consent, so it's rape no matter what he thinks/says), the second by the company who did the DNA test for defamation.

1569 days ago


First of all why is he sueing???? Shouldn't it be the other way around one for statutory rape and second for unpaid child support for all the years Lebron lived without the economical support of his father!!! I don't understand how this creep thinks he is owed money.

1569 days ago

Bite ME    

HA HA if dude was REAL smart he'd know that their is no limit on Statutory rape...and if he openly admitted it in the lawsuit... well

1569 days ago


Lebron would spend the time and money to do the DNA test. Why? Because he and his mother know that Leicester would probably go to court regardless to get one and then, perhaps, the (truth?) would be out. If he sponsors one himself, then it's easier to lie about the results, especially because Lebron does not (according to the article) want to have any sort of connection to his (presumable) father.

Also,the man (presumably) was not told that he was the father. Why the **** should he be responsible now for child support if he was never made aware of the situation. Maybe Lebron's mother herself didn't know who the father was.

GEEZ. BTW, People who comment here look at the story and read like 25% of it and then just hit the comments without thinking.

1569 days ago


guest where lebron is going?

Start spreading the news, I’m leaving today
I want to be a part of it - new york, new york
These vagabond shoes, are longing to stray
Right through the very heart of it - new york,
new york

I wanna wake up in a city, that doesn’t sleep
And find I’m king of the hill - top of the heap

These little town blues, are melting away
I’ll make a brand new start of it - in old new
If I can make it there, I’ll make it anywhere
It’s up to you - new york, new york

New york, new york
I want to wake up in a city, that never sleeps
And find I’m a number one top of the list, king
of the hill
A number one

These little town blues, are melting away
I’m gonna make a brand new start of it - in old
new york
And if I can make it there, I’m gonna make it

It up to you - new york new york

New york.


1569 days ago


Lebron and his mother should counter for 18 years of back child support and see how this tool reacts.

1569 days ago
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