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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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16.

Mike    

If he met her WHORE ass in a BAR the presumption was that she was at least 21! Not that he's still not a sleaze with this suit, but let's not say he was a dirty old man if he actually thought she was legal.

1576 days ago
17.

Tinalouise    

You are wrong, the guy IS a schmuck and a big one at that!! Where the hell was he when Lebron was little and the outrage of not being able to see his son then? Now that he has some money it is important to him? Bull****!! Lebron owes him nothing and if he thinks he does then he is a bigger ass than I thought he was. Shame on him!!

1576 days ago
18.

Corrine    

If he is the father, you're not supposed to sue your children.

1576 days ago
19.

mikey    

LOL @ "almost identical" :O

1576 days ago
20.

MEMEMEME    

Look Alike???? Don't all ******s look alike! This just may be LBJ's daddy. But, Hell I could be LBJ's daddy too.

1576 days ago
21.

WhyNot    

What difference would it make if LeBron was his son? It in no way affects his life, it did not stop him from achieving success as a lawyer. He is NOT legally entitled to anything but a statutory rape charge, has no claim on LeBron's money, in fact, the mother should sue the bastard for child support, plus interest, plus damages for forcing them to live in proverty when he could have supported his son. This schmuck needs to go away and not try to downplay 'consensual' sex with a 15yr old. The reason it's called statutory rape is because children are not capable of giving consent!

1576 days ago
22.

Grump    

That woman should be ashamed of herself if she lied about her age to him and then denying that he is the father!

His mother is just being greedy and doesn't want to share her son's MONEY with this man.

I'm thinking Maury Povich is needed. They look similar!

JMO

1576 days ago
23.

C    

They look NOTHING like each other! Different lips, eyes, nose, ears. Besides both being black, there is zero similarity.

1576 days ago
24.

blstheone    

Number 1 - "For the Love of money is the root of all evil."

1576 days ago
25.

Voted 4 Obama and Completed my Census    

y'all think most blacks look alike. That is not his father.

1576 days ago
26.

Um, wow...    

WTF?! First off, they are NOT "identical"!!! Secondly, why the HELL was he sleeping with a minor?! She COULDN'T have looked THAT old... And, lastly... They don't owe you a DIME... YOU'RE the one that would owe money IF he was your son, since SHE raised him!!! This is the DUMBEST, most frivolous lawsuit, EVER... And he's a LAWYER?! He should know it's a waste of time and money!!!

1576 days ago
27.

maggie    

You have got to be kidding! #1, he doesn't look anything like him, obviously he just wants money. #2 He is admitting to statuatory rape, can't he be tried for that? I mean afterall, Lawrence Taylor said he didn't have sex with that girl, but she was underage and they said that "ignorance" of the law is no excuse! So I say, arrest him and put him in jail for rape!!!!

1576 days ago
28.

Phyllis    

WOW.... I'm just so sure Mr. James would just LOVE to have such a man as that for a father...That's what this cold, heartless, greedy, self-centered, "thinks the world revolves around him" idiot should call Lebron "Mr. James" .... and even then, he should apologize for having the nerve to put "mr. James" name in his dirty, filthy, ignorant mouth!!!!!

1576 days ago
29.

chyron    

Why don't you comprehend what you read??? It plainly says he LATER find out she was only 15!!! It also says they met in a DC area BAR!!! Why would he think she was anything else but of age? I'm pretty sure bars shoudln't have 15 year olds in them! Dang...use some common sense people!

1576 days ago
30.

Devin    

they look nothing alike! ewww!

1576 days ago
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