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LeBron

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.

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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.

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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.

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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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474 COMMENTS

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151.

Telya    

Geez, how low is this guy?
Also, the fact that about half of the people think he's the father just shows how gullible and ridiculous people are.
And he didn't notice she looked 15? Could it be that he's
allegedly even dumber than he sounds?
What a schmuck in my opinion.
Reminds be of a Republican.........do anything for money.
By the way, he looks nothing and I mean nothing like him.

1530 days ago
152.

Hemiora    

I don't think the point is the money. I think the point is he just wants to have the opportunity to find out the truth.

If you read the article it states the encounter with Ms. James, the possibility he is the father and the fact that he's been trying to communicate with the James's lawyers - not the James's themselves - for a fair honest chance at the truth.

Why would a high profile lawyer want money? I honestly think if the James's lawyers conduct a fair and well secured paternity test the lawsuit will be void. That's all he wants.

In saying that though, if he is the father I would be countering with Child Support and Under-Age Sex wither or not it was 'consensual'.

1530 days ago
153.

lin    

Usual story. what a great dad!! 20 something years later he claims to be a father! Too all these black men who will perhaps never read this, do yourselves a favour, stop having babies and walking away!It's the rule in the black community and not the exception... most times a black girl who finds herself pregnant knows that she is in this alone and by herself. By the way, this bashing/truth is coming from a BLACK WOMAN.

1530 days ago
154.

anonymous    

This man is a liar.

1530 days ago
155.

ecymaj    

Maybe they should arrest him for statutory rape and maybe he will drop the suit. This is frivolous. They judge at most should make him an award of being daddy and give him no money.

1530 days ago
156.

durrr...    

oh come on!!! the lakers could totally use a leBron!

1530 days ago
157.

durrr...    

kick gasol to the wind and take leBron!

1530 days ago
158.

greg6363    

"and then became a Senior Legal Advisor for the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission."

Like some in the SEC, he probably spends his day watching porn.

Schmuck!!!!!!!!!

1530 days ago
159.

mom    

Shouldn't Lebron be suing HIM???

1530 days ago
160.

Superman    

I don't understand the point of the lawsuit. I think it's obvious that LeBron doesn't care who his father is. If he really wanted to know if he was the father, then he should have done this 20 years ago.

But, what a travesty of justice. The mother was obviously a slut, but yet she gives birth to a great basketball player specifically from the genes of the one-night stand. Life isn't fair.

1530 days ago
161.

TMZgossip    

big deal

lets see he admits to having sex with an underage girl
obviously he never paid anything towards the 'family'

no need for leBron to take a DNA test unless his mom was looking to sue the dude for support.

what grounds does the douche think he has to get money from leBron?

1530 days ago
162.

eastcoastelliott    

dude look hard in the mirror,you look nothing like him

1530 days ago
163.

carol    

Suing for what? If he was the father, he was suppose to be supporting the kid, not the other way around. Shouldn't he be charged with rape - by his own admission Gloria was 15 years old.

1530 days ago
164.

NORMA D    

NO,,,THE LOVE OF $$$$ IS THE ROOT OF ALL EVIL

1530 days ago
165.

carol    

YIKES.....WHAT A FREAKING PERV. IS HE BRAGGING OR COMPLAINING. DEAR GOD??????????? WHAT...HE WANTS TO MAKE UP TO THE MOM AND GIVE BACK CHILD SUPPORT. GOOD EXAMPLE OF THE MODERN MAN. HAR DEE HAR.

1530 days ago
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