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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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166.

Shawn    

this has to be the slowest scrolling website on the web

1464 days ago
167.

rrrrrrrrrrr    

So...let me get this straight. This 29 yr old had sex with a minor producing a child that grew up to be rich and famous. He suspected the child was his, but did not support him or show interest UNTIL the child started making money and HE IS SUING THE CHILD???!! What? He owes back child support, and should do time for statutory rape!

1464 days ago
168.

Debbidy73    

Money hungrey I'd say. He just wants his 10 seconds in the limelight and try to get some money out of this. Hey, maybe he should pay back child support for all those years. What do you think?

1464 days ago
169.

TMZgossip    

@ carolineflack

go play in traffic u spamhag

1464 days ago
170.

geronimo    

Is this gonna be part of LBJ's primetime special? just asking.

1464 days ago
171.

TugboatTomJohnson    

But I thought Delonte West was Lebron's daddy.... Oh wait... He is his step daddy... My bad. Sorry Cleveland.

1464 days ago
172.

tyler    

Shame on Lebron I hate to jump to conclusions but one thing tmz left out is that the guy is six eight. I guess they kind of told that but come on Lebron you owe this guy a lot because obviously he gave you his genes. I don't think he cares about the money and if lebron would take an honest dna test and prove he is lebrons dad then that would be enough for the guy. To be lebrons father would be a huge deal and why did it take lebron being in the nba for seven years to find out about this? He was making national news in high school.

1464 days ago
173.

anonymous    

Looks more like he should be Kobe Byrant's father. Same head shape, nose and slanted eyes.

1464 days ago
174.

shelley    

This man is looking for nothing other than money. Why the hell isn't he coughing up child support not paid for an entire lifetime? Or trying to prove he's the father in order to have a legimate relationship with Lebron? How dare he sue him now when he knows Lebron is the most wanted guy in the NBA now. He is just looking for a piece of a pie that he has no right of! Be a father if that's what you think you are and not a greedy SOB

1464 days ago
175.

LeBJ_Dad    

I am in fact his father. They tampered with the DNA evidence. I have proof. It will come out in the lawsuit. I tried for years to find my son but I hit road blocks that his mother setup for me along the way. Like she knew I was coming. I first thought it was a LBJ in lower DC, but he is in prison, it cant be him. Its this one. The 4mil will be used to help other dads find their long lost celebrity kids. You guys know nothing of me. If I remember correctly, she wasnt just 15, but she was a freeeak.

1464 days ago
176.

RJ Hunt    

WHAT...

1464 days ago
177.

DCNYATL    

YOU ARE THE FATHER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

1464 days ago
178.

wendy    

even though it's been many years ago, couldn't this guy get in trouble for being with a miner? didn't something like this just surface with roman polanski? if he's a lawyer i'm certain nothing would happen, but seriously, he was 29, she not old enough to get a license.

1464 days ago
179.

Anon    

So...he has nothing to do with than man, his "son" his entire childhood, then come up later to cash in???? Sue for MONEY?! Not act as a father but just sue for money as his father? What a disgusting sickening action. I would love to help make a ruling, call me to the jury. Unbelievable.

1464 days ago
180.

speck    

What, posting a pic of someone with barely no resemblance is evidence of a relation? This ain't frickin' Maury Povich, you know.

One other thing: In the unlikely event it's true, shouldn't the dude owe 18 yeas of child support on top of everything else?

1464 days ago
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