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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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331.

Babbs    

What makes him think that they resemble each other. It appears he must be confused they don't have the same anything. Even with the photos side by side there is no resemblance what so ever. Not even the nose.

1537 days ago
332.

Babbs    

What makes him think that they resemble each other. It appears he must be confused they don't have the same anything. Even with the photos side by side there is no resemblance what so ever. Not even the nose.

1537 days ago
333.

Veronica     

So how are they identical in appearance...bc they are both black? Both men? Both played basketball?? They dont look anything alike - noses, face shapes, ears, eyes, mouths - totally different. And shouldnt LeBron being suing this man for all the back child support of a deadbeat dad not the other way around for fraud and what about criminal charges of a 29 yr old man sleeping w a 15 yr old GIRL?? Does this loser think anything about the story, even if true, makes him look anything less than a loser??? Just go on the Maury show and get it over it with those famous words, "YOU ARE NOT THE FATHER!!!!!" What a loser trying to cash in on his ability to be a loser!!

1537 days ago
334.

Sapphiegirl    

@ #303 (wayne) - WHAT ELSE DOES THIS SLIMY VERMIN WANT FROM LBJ IF IT IS NOT MONEY!!!!! IF HE TRULY WANTED TO HAVE A FATHER/SON RELATIONSHIP WITH HIS "SON", THIS IS NOT THE WAY TO GO ABOUT IT. WHERE WAS HE WHEN GLORIA WAS STRUGGLING TO RAISE & FEED HER SON? WHERE WAS HE WHEN LBJ WAS GOING THRU PUBERTY AND NEEDED A FATHER FOR ADVICE? ETC, ETC, ETC.....

GET REAL IDIOT!

1537 days ago
335.

Carol    

Could be Jeff Goldblum's dad..

1537 days ago
336.

summer2island    

Please someone reach to this peace of sh***** and kick his.

1537 days ago
337.

Brat    

What does he want daddy support?

1537 days ago
338.

frances    

If he is his father he should be getting to know his son instead of taking him thought a lawsuit.

1537 days ago
339.

toni    

This is BULL****...If he thought he was the father he should have came with a child support check for 18 years.

1537 days ago
340.

jeane    

Who does this man think he is-- he thinks he is the father. Then why is he suing his son (if he is the father). He should be suing the mother. Like the saying goes "MONEY TALKS AND BULL____ WALKS." He needs to remember if it is his son did he forget to pay child support. Just think what he owes in child support.

1537 days ago
341.

Sound Advice    

What LeBron's mother should do.... counter sue, and get back child support from this dude.

1537 days ago
342.

mztink    

wat an ********.

1537 days ago
343.

Sherrell    

WTH did he shave his beard and mustache to match Lebron's?

This dude is a loser and deserves NOTHING. He knew he had a son years ago, and chose to come forward once Lebron made it to superstar staus. Shaq's biological fathr did the same thing. I hope instead of winning his lawsuit, he gets charged for unpaid child support.

1537 days ago
344.

Anon    

Princeton to Chicago Law School and he would go as far as to incriminate himself for underage sex? Is there some kind of statutory limit after 20 years of something? Because it doesn't seem such a BRIGHT move if he is indeed proven to be the father.

1537 days ago
345.

Karen    

all about the $$$ and nothing more, if that guy was really his father, he sure as heck wouldn't be filing a suit for $$$ against his "son" and "baby mama". Rat Bastard!

1537 days ago
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