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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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376.

dawn    

??how does a ??? father sue his ???son. even if its true, why would the son have to pay HIM??? why would the son owe him 4 million dollars??? i don't understand? what does the law suit say his son owes him money for????

1513 days ago
377.

Melanie    

How is it defamation if you identified yourself as his father, then DNA proved you were a liar. If he is the father which they look nothing alike I hope he has to pay Lebron's mother back child support adjusted for inflation. Not because she needs it but because this guy is most definitely a schmuck!

1513 days ago
378.

dennis    

What is he suing for?

1513 days ago
379.

femi     

well i dont think the guy needs king james's money . he just wants to be the father of lebron. i think they look alike. if u check out lebron's new look.

1513 days ago
380.

kjs    

OMG THEY LOOK ALIKE!!!!!!

1513 days ago
381.

4Real2    

I've always said "LeBron has that old man look and that he had the look of one of those old wino's or drunk from the south who we might find walking around with a whisky bottle in a paperbag. He seemed young whenever he communicates via interviews, etc. but he had an old-man look to him. Now, we know might know why. His Mother was must have been one of those fast-tail girls, getting into bars at a young age and sleeping with a much older man...says a lot about her, if it's true. On the other hand, where was LeBron's sorry so-called father when they were on welfare and living in housing? This man was/is a lawyer. How much child support does he owe Gloria & LeBron? Gloria should sue for rape, hardship, back child support, etc. Their attorneys need to file back. LeBron need to specifically write this man out of his will like MJ did Joseph. The nerve of this man. I hope that his reputation as a lawyer is ruined after outing himself as a proud 29 yr old pervert of a lawyer who raped (statutory) a 15 year old girl. What a shame? Loser! I hope that this man's attorney will take him to the cleaners with all of this back and forth trying to cipher LeBron's money from his talent. I would also put a restraining order against that loser.

1513 days ago
382.

Bel     

For sure during childhood Lebron got sick and his mother is so disgruntled that she might called Satan to have his beloved son get well...Then where is this SOB at that time?****ing another 15 year old girl? I think he should answer for his crime..raping a 15 year old girl..according to him the sex is consensual...oh c'mmon..he better tell it to the court...

1513 days ago
383.

ssd    

thats nasty hes a perve he slep with a 15 yearold

1513 days ago
384.

starcitygirl    

I think it is classless that Lebron's father is looking to cash in on his son. She told him years ago she had a son but he wasn't looking for a paternity test then because that would have meant he would have needed to contribute for his food, clothes and shelter. I think all Lebron owes him is $100, that about what sperm donors go for and that is all he was. Then I think he needs to serve sometime for statutory rape.

1513 days ago
385.

Bubbles    

Leicester is confused. He is not the father of LeBron James, he is the father of Jaleel "Urkel" White. Compare their pictures on the first page of TMZ and you will see the obvious resemblance.

1513 days ago
386.

Sergio    

i think that if he wants to take it that far, regardless to if the sexual acts were "consensual" she was under the legal age and he should get prosecuted.

1513 days ago
387.

m.b.    

U didn't want to be there when he was a kid.....So, go the F*** away. OH, AND U JUST PUT IT OUT TO THE WHOLE WORLD U R A BABY RAPER....WTG DUMBASS......

1513 days ago
388.

Krenee     

Ok lets put the law suit a side for a min. While we rewind the hands of time and SEND HIS ASS TO JAIL FOR STATUTORY RAPE AND WHEN HE IS RELEASED FROM JAIL, THEN WE CAN PICK UP THE LAW SUIT TO SUE LEBRON AND HIS MOM. HOW BOUT THAT.

1513 days ago
389.

Shady    

Dude, He doesn't look like King James,have you seen pictures of his mother? He looks like his mother. Maybe this is his Dad, but if it is, he owes back childsupport and he should go to jail for sleeping with a 15 year old child.

He's crazy!

1513 days ago
390.

jesusdangercrist    

Everybody knows he is Magic Johnson's bastard child.

1513 days ago
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