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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.

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.

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.


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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Mister Snoutbug    

Any physician can tell us: there is ONE and only ONE way to find out.

Play a game of HORSE. :)

1565 days ago


This guy could be the father and only filed this suit to prove paternity. I don't trust LeBron or his shady mother. If he is really after the money, that is sad, but if there was nothing to hide...take the paternity test! Let Maury give it, but the man gets nothing if he is not the father!?

1565 days ago


If he is LeBron's father (Doubt it), why is he just now saying something... Lebron has be in the league for 7 years and has been famous since a junior in high school. If he was the father he would have showed when he became famous, because every one knew he was going straight to the league. Also if the test said there is 0% chance that he is the father... why keep trying?

1565 days ago


what a freakin idiot....for someone so smart....he sure is stupid....what people will do for money...

1565 days ago


They do not look nothing alike and he is only doing this for money.

1565 days ago


Seriously?! Did he graduate at the bottom of his Princeton law class


1565 days ago

baby dada drama    

He went law school so he knows what he's doing. Right now he sued them for DNA fraud. he might win the case on this one, but on the other hand this is going to backfire on him sleeping with 15yrs old and child support.

1564 days ago


This fool is crazy, if he is the father, is he going to pay back child support for 25 yeards, and is the statue of limitation ran on him raping LJB mom.

1564 days ago


Since when do kids owe "fathers" who've never contributed a second or a dime to their upbringing anything?

Say where are the criminal charges for statutory rape?

1564 days ago


Tell him to go to hell.

1564 days ago


If he wasn't after his money he wouldn't be taking out a lawsuit and asking for anything. What a hypcrite! An if he was LeBrons so called father the statment he made to LeBrons mother proved he was not a real man. LeBron was better off with out him!!!!

1564 days ago


So they are both black and can both dunk, theym must be father and son.

1564 days ago


That s***bag Mauray Povich could settle this.

1564 days ago


That mofo be a trip. Cuz is contending on court do***ents that he wuz a rapist and a deadbeat dad. And wants 4 million for the stud fee. Someone ought to cap that fool

1564 days ago


That is his real daddy, and DWest is his step daddy.

He may have gone south, but mommy is riding WEST baby!!!!

This guy seems like the real deal. I hope he gets a lot of LeBum's money.

1564 days ago
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