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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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361.

Me123    

wow clearly a lot of you only read the headings of these so called "scandals" and limit ur selves to surface thoughts clouded by the comfort zone of group think and group morals. I wont reply to any responses so dont look for one.

1566 days ago
362.

ray    

he look like a blunt. His lips says that he has smoke a lot of drugs.lol

1566 days ago
363.

Shremz    

Is there no statute of limitations for statutory rape?

1566 days ago
364.

rhonda2010    

What a sad excuse for a man and if he was the father doesn't this fool knows he would owe thousands in back child support.

1566 days ago
365.

Marty    

DARTH VADER: If you only knew the power of the Dark Side. Obi-Wan never told you what happened to your father.
LUKE: He told me enough! He told me *you* killed him!
DARTH VADER: No. *I* am your father.

sound familiar?

1566 days ago
366.

$$$$    

Yo,TMZ.You guys really blew it.The title should have been "Who's your daddy?"LMFAO at how you missed the obvious.

1566 days ago
367.

Ladrena    

OK I sat here and read ALL 25 pgs this guy is asking for 4 million dollars, if you are his daddy then YOU owe HER 25 YEARS worth of child support this just seems like he is only after the money, if he was SO CONCERNED about being LeBron's daddy why you asking for 4 million dollars?????????????????

1566 days ago
368.

lynda    

Typical dead beat dad - wants to take credit(and in this case $$$) after the child is grown and successful. How about paying some back child support you good for nothing #@*#.

1566 days ago
369.

canadiangirl    

Is it just me or is this alleged "father" extremely creepy? Maybe I watched Men in Black a few too many times but I keep expecting him to reveal himself as one of those aliens masquerading as a human....just saying...

1566 days ago
370.

I Luv TMZ    

He's creepy. He has a caucasian nose. You'd think someone with a law degree would have better oral hygiene, looks like he hasn't been to the dentist in years.

1566 days ago
371.

TMZCMT    

They do not look alike at all but he does look like his mom. Now he was wrong for sleeping with her as a child but what was she doing in a bar??? also, she slept with him the night she met him at 15!?! Another thing, if he is not his dad how man men was she with. If you look at the name, she did think he was this man's baby. To me, Lebron is a part combination of this man's name Le Bron (Le (from Leicester) Bron (from Bryce)). Now, LeBron names his baby Bryce hmmmmm.

1566 days ago
372.

bebefj123    

They need to tell him that Labron better not be his because he would be guilty of statory rape of a then 15 year old and he would have to pay for his crime. Nasty. Tired of these nasty men making babies and abadoning them and show up years later after child support risk is over. They miracously show up and want to own up, not before they are 18 years old, always after. Sorry piece of crap. Lebron looks nothing like him.

1566 days ago
373.

Brian    

LeBron James announces that he will buy the Miami Heat, endorse the New York Knicks, marry two of the LA Clippers’ Spirit Dancers in a Utah ceremony in August, become Executive Vice President of Mining and Distribution for Polyus Gold (NJ Nets’ owner Mikhail Prokhorov’s gold empire) and play basketball part-time for the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Read the FUNNY article here:

http://www.dailygoat.com/2010/07/lebron-james-gives-thanks-god-signing-10-year-100m-endorsement-deal-heaven/

1566 days ago
374.

Tera    

Isn't it funny that he didn't come back in 20 years to help the child grow or give the mother any financial help if he thought it was his child back then. Now he comes out of the woodwork and is trying to sue for 4 million? Drop the bum.

1566 days ago
375.

sunlitfawn    

He is after money, plain and simple. If he is, in fact, Lebron's father, then he should be charged with statutory rape and should spend time locked up. Lawyer or not, he should pay for what he did.

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