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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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346.

Dang shame    

It says that a paternity test was taken and it turned out that this jerk was found not to be the father, but his pathetic-ness refuses to accept this. Also we all know that most men when they take a paternity test and is found not to be the father, they leave at that, but of course this is all about the money, PERIOD!

1382 days ago
347.

pshhhlease    

After LeBron's famous, successful and making money -- How come this guy comes 25 years LATER claiming that he's the daddy of LBJ? Even if he is the dad he doesn't deserve anything from him. You must be kidding yourself if you think this is really about connecting with his 'son'. His story doesn't even piece together and you would've thought he was smart enough to do so, Princeton my ass. And who would sue their own 'son' after not being there for him his whole life? This guy is SUCH a great dad, proud to be a deadbeat. He really should be the one paying 4 mill. Someone get this LAME ASS OLD MAN something else to do instead of claiming he's the baby father of people.

1382 days ago
348.

TIRED    

Sad situation. He wants to collect money from the son he never supported emotionally or financially. Maybe someone should introduce him to the child support branch of the legal system and see if they can come up with an amount he can start paying to Gloria/State. We might also take a walk down the judicial hallway to criminal court to take care of that pesky little rape charge against a minor. It takes balls to say all in one lawsuit, "I am a rapist, a dead beat dad and a greedy lowlife looking for a handout, pay me".

You know God don't like ugly., I wouldn't stand to close to Leicester Bryce Stovell during a thunderstorm.

1381 days ago
349.

Red Lily    

Don't really care who LeBron's father is, but it does piss me off that LeBron is getting a prime-time special on ESPN to announce what team he is playing for next year. Really? Read more about why this pisses me off here: What I love and hate about sports. http://wwww.outsidethelane.blogspot.com

1381 days ago
350.

tyro    

for all those saying " oh they met in a bar so he assumed that she was 21", you need to read the actual court do***ents. It says that they met in a RESTAURANT/BAR. With that being the case, she doesn't have to be 21+ to get inside the establishment. Yeah, he says she lied about her age but as someone else said before what does a 29 year old man have in common with a 15 year old enough to hold a conversation?

This lawsuit is frivolous. LBJ was over 18 by the time Leicester decided to contact them about paternity which means that a paternity test isn't required. So if Lebron doesn't want to acknowledge this man as his father then that is his prerogative. To sue Lebron over this only makes him look worse and will have him end up with nothing in the end.

1381 days ago
351.

par3princess1999    

Who cares if he is a princeton dad.. What he really is is a s***bum who wants to profit off of someone else....

He doesn't look like Lebron.. and if he was a dad.. when she came to him 20 yrs ago he would have stepped up to the plate.. he is only coming out now for money and 15 minutes.. if he did sleep with her lock him up, he's a child molester.. Hellooo Statutory rape anyone?!!!!!!!!

1381 days ago
352.

trenchee    

He should be ashamed of himself. it's so despicable, I can don't believe it's real.

1381 days ago
353.

A    

Y if its not about the money is he sueing for 4mil? Also dnt he owe back child support? How he gnna sue cause thy said he wasnt the dad? Where they do that at? Also my nephew named bryce maybe he is his daddy too......SMH

1381 days ago
354.

Eric    

This guy should be prosecuted for multiple crimes against an underage minor. What is the world coming to when an absentee father believes that he can file a lawsuit against the son that he abandoned? This is a clown seeking his fifteen minutes of fame.

1381 days ago
355.

codename    

Too bad there is a statue of limitations right? I mean, if he is willing to admit sex with a 15 year old then someone could go after him for that. Then lets say he is the father even if LaBron somehow was able to get someone to do something very illegal and tamper with DNA stuff(it is possible I suppose). Lets sue for child support for 18 years!

1381 days ago
356.

Susanne    

Wonder what the staute of limitations is on statutory rape???

1381 days ago
357.

Babs    

SO WHAT IF HE IS HIS FATHER..LEBRON PROBABLY DOSENT WANT ANY THING TO DO WITH HIM...LEBRON SHOULD FILE A COUNTER SUITE AND FILE FOR UNPAID CHILD SUPPORT IF HE IS PROVEN TO BE THE FATHER. WHAT SOME PEOPLE WILL DO TO GET FAME AND MONEY

1381 days ago
358.

RIDINGFINEST    

So what if he is his father...so what!!!! What I'm trying to figure out is how do he feel Labron owes him $4 million dollars??????????????

1381 days ago
359.

spit    

Is this dude serious, he is a embarrassment to men. If you were so concerned about the child, why wait until he is famous, oh, you were worried about going to jail for rape of a minor, why are you sueing for money and damages now, what about back child support you worthless price of life.
You didn't get jail time back then, pat yourself on the back and move on with your life. You went to great school and had a life. Money and fame, is a motherf'''cker, the nerve of this mofo.

1381 days ago
360.

Joseph    

So he isn't worried about the legal ramifications of having sex with a minor? I don't get it. Chances he will win are slim, but if he does he'll have a rape charges to deal with. He isn't acting very educated.

1381 days ago
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