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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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391.

stinky mcgee    

#1 - Not money but rather the LOVE of money that is the root of all evil.

1536 days ago
392.

Geoff Coldiron    

They both can dunk a basketball so he's GOT to be the father. No DNA test is necessary here!

1536 days ago
393.

debbie    

Where in hell has he been the last 25yrs? Paid no child support. If she returned several month later and told this grown ass man she was pregnant, why didn't he investiage further to see if the child was his? I hope that this lawsuit is thrown out!!!!!!!

1536 days ago
394.

TMZCMT    

I agree, this man is after money. And, he was with a minor so yeah he should have been charged. And,,, why he coming out now!! 15 minutes of fame....

1536 days ago
395.

anonymous    

This guy is out of his ****ing mind.

1536 days ago
396.

HumanNature    

PURE JACK@ZZ!!!

Dogs like this give REAL MEN THAT TAKE RESPONSIBILITY OF THEIR CHILDREN A BAD NAME!!!

1536 days ago
397.

Myself    

The man does not sound like a penniless fame seeker, but an angry man who believes he was lied to. Where there is smoke there is fire. Maybe LeBron's mother did have an affair with him teammate, IF she lied about his real father. Twisted and there is wrong on both sides. He should not have sued his potential son but the mother. I'm sure LeBron is generous to her and money may also be a motivater for her to cover up the paternity. We shall see, very soon.

1536 days ago
398.

JINA P    

WTF, HERE'S AGAIN EXAMPLE OF A MONEY HUNGRY ASS HOLE. WHERE WAS YOU IN HIS EARALIER YEARS? HE'S A GROWN MAN NOW. LET HIM BE. IF YOU ARE HIS FATHER YOU SHOULD BE SAYING I WANT TO SEE MY GRANDCHILDREN, NO HERE YOU COME SAYING YOU WANT 4 MILLION DOLLAAARS. YOU ASS HOLE

1536 days ago
399.

lola    

i agree with # 10.

1536 days ago
400.

nanci    

if this guy thinks he is the father of lebron, why come forward now, why didnt he make an effort to contact the mother when the child was growing up, christmas, new years, school days, teenage years, and this looser now coming forward, he should pay the mother and the son for all those years.

1535 days ago
401.

kirsten    

what a idiot first off he's admitting to raping a 15 yr old and second of all he's admitting that he wasn't there for him growing up.So they should be sueing you for child support and putting your ass in jail for rape.

1535 days ago
402.

Jackie    

He can't be LeBron's father, there was no thought to that play ... that's a personal matter. A man would have approached his son first.

1535 days ago
403.

Denise    

So is LeBron filing for 18 years of back child support? The dude is an attorney I am sure it would add up to a pretty penny. Pay back is you know what.....

1535 days ago
404.

shame on u     

Why would he not ask for a test 15 years ago. If he was not ever famous would he have ever asked for a test.

1535 days ago
405.

Friend    

Should he not be charged with raping a 15 year old girl?

1535 days ago
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