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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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181.

"why is she on TV?!"    

LOL!!!
So when he found out that she was pregnant he told her "Well, if he's mine, make sure he plays basketball."???

What about: if he's mine I will take care of him.

1506 days ago
182.

Holly    

Why doesn't Lebron's mom already know who her son's father is? WTF? It shouldn't be some mystery to her. Jeez.

1506 days ago
183.

bri22    

those lawyers always up to no good :)
In other news multiple sources say Lebron has committed to the Miami heat, you might want to look into that TMZ before he makes his formal announcement tomorrow night.

1506 days ago
184.

tyro    

for all the people who say that Gloria did not tell him that he was the daddy, please answer this for me...why would you go to a guy that you only met once and had a one night stand with and tell him that you are pregnant?? Why even go to him and tell him anything?

OBVIOUSLY, she thought he was the daddy. To me, he gave up all rights when he said "if he's mine, make sure he plays basketball". Not " if he's mine, let's do a paternity test now" or " if he's mine, i'll take care of him". He wanted to be a dead beat father until he saw that LBJ was going to making tons of money. All of sudden when LBJ is in the NBA and making millions, he pops out the woodworks and says "hey, you know, i think i might be his daddy". Man, get that ish out my face.

This lawsuit is a farce and he should be ashamed of himself for embarrassing LBJ and his mom this way.

1506 days ago
185.

Vanny    

LeBron and his mom, should then countersue him (if he is in fact the father) for backpayments of child support... wonder what that total comes to. And I didn't know you could sue your "Biological" child for money, that you had no business in him earning? Stupid.

1506 days ago
186.

Just sayin    

this is just gross

1506 days ago
187.

Ellie    

So what if Lebron tampered with the DNA? It's not like that fraud led to loss of earning...unless he argues in court that he wanted to cash-in on his biologocial son's name via the media.....

1506 days ago
188.

AJFS    

It's not true. Money or the love of money isn't the root of all evil. It's OTHER peoples money. This guy is a dead beat dad. He believes he lost out on financial opportunities and that makes him a ****!

1506 days ago
189.

electriczipper    

let maurey get to the bottem of it

1506 days ago
190.

Jack Luu    

money, money, money, it is all about the money

1506 days ago
191.

Sy    

I hope he wins.

Then he can get arrested for statutory rape, and pay all the back child support with interest.

1506 days ago
192.

Mary    

LeBron does know who his real father is and they have an arrangement of sorts...you will never see his real father publicly although they do have contact. This guy is a total fraud.

1506 days ago
193.

electriczipper    

geez mary are you lebrons maid or something??

1506 days ago
194.

HumanNature    

I say SUE FOR BACK PAYMENTS FOR CHILD SUPPORT, CHILD CARE, EDUCATION AND MEDICAL EXPENSES!!!!

SLAM DUNK!!!

1506 days ago
195.

Danielle    

If he's Lebron's daddy and its not about the money why the hell didn't he try to find him when she told him she had a baby boy. Why did it take him to see him on TV to say thats my boy....No matter what Lebron grew up with out a daddy and was raised by a single mother. Obviously she was right because he didn't care that she was pregnant because all he said to her was make sure he play ball...WTH...how about if he is mine i'll take care of it..how about that...are you serious if it come out to be true id give that loser that 4 mill and tell him get the F out my face!!! And if not I would sue him for is little pennies.. And everyone one wants to say that he has a dgree from princeton but the ? is what is he doing with it now?! I bet he is no longer a Senior Legal Advisor he probably is a smuck thats why he is sueing who sues his son cause he doesnt want him to be his daddy if that is the case...dumby

1506 days ago
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