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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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31.

Grump    

Thanks chyron.. You people need to re-read this post!

She lied about her age, what was this girl doing at a bar? Are men suppose to card women now b4 they have a one night stand after leaving a bar!? Sheesh!!!

1507 days ago
32.

maggie    

Chyron, I don't care if he found out later or not, it doesn't matter, just ask Lawrence Taylor!

1507 days ago
33.

CriticAl    

I wish everyone would STFU about Lebron James.

1507 days ago
34.

kickaboo    

If you admit having sex with a 15 year old when you are 29 f*cking years old, you should be in jail, azzhole. LeBron's Mom is right. His money IS for his CHILDREN, he takes care of his kids. Go away pig, you look nothing like him.
You should be ashamed telling this disgusting story, did forgot to tell that you offered child support and she turned you down, maybe? dead-beat

1507 days ago
35.

Lee    

They DO look alike! Lebron wears a head band/ hat because he has a really bad hair line.. look at the fathers! also the mouth area.. I think he may be the dad.. Then again... who knows????

1507 days ago
36.

Melissa     

IDIOT! is what comes to my mind! Fame hungry Daddy gold digger! lol SHAME on him.

1507 days ago
37.

Luv_me_sum_TMZ    

Interesting...He had sex with a minor...then when he thinks the baby may be his all he has to say is "Well, if he's mine, make sure he plays basketball."...and now he wants to prove he is LeBron's father for what? He is not LeBron's father, he is the sperm that helped create him. A father does not sue the son he never raised or paid child support for! If this man is the dad I would counter sue for backed child support and then seek that he be prosecuted for sex with a minor. He may have a Princeton degree and a law degree, but he is nothing but a greedy deadbeat dad. Does he think he deserves any credit for LeBron's success? Hell no, it was his mom who raised him and supported him through out his life, his coaches, mentors, his family, community not this dumb ass man. His genes may have contributed to LeBron's physique, but it was LeBron's hard work and dedication that has made him a basketball star.

1507 days ago
38.

Melza    

It's all about the money...why now??? Why, because he wants $$$$$. Sick and stupid. And if he does turn out to be the father, she should holla RAPE since he ws 29 and she was 15..then sue him for everything he doesn't have.
Sorry, this is one soapbox I am tired of reading about...wayward parent sues illegimate child for millions because they are lazy as heck and don't want to work and the child is famous. Hey, Princeton or not, get a freaking job and leave the boy alone.

1507 days ago
39.

lalaland    

I don't think they look anything alike. If he truly thinks he's the father, than why not try to make up for lost time and reconnect with your son? I don't think suing for $4million is a good way to start that process. Call me crazy.

1507 days ago
40.

dd    

You are worthless and James does not look like you at all! The only message I have for you is that Jesus is waiting on you...you evil, money grubbing loser...

1507 days ago
41.

makeupgurlee    

How is denying this man is his father defamation? It is in no way slanderous or libelous to deny someone is your father so that part if this suit is without merit, as is my guess, the rest of the suit since I don't believe either one of them have publicly acknowledged this man in any way, much less defaming him. Sounds like someone wants a 15 minutes and a payday...

1507 days ago
42.

Barbarascy    

First of all who knows if this bastard is telling the truth? Second of all if he is telling the truth he is a complete bastard who had sex with, and impregnated a fifteen year old girl. Third of all if he really wants a relationship with his so-called-son how does 4 million dollars help him do that? Oh, wait, it doesn't because this is just a b.s. attempt at getting another man's money. I hope this bastard is not Lebron's father because I wouldn't claim his sorry ass either.

1507 days ago
43.

Meow99    

Just because he went to Princeton does not mean he is playing with a full deck...

1507 days ago
44.

Dj SharK    

LeBron is a grown ass man. If he didn't want to know who his father is, so be it! Why the need for all these circus! Jeez.

1507 days ago
45.

Kiwi208    

He can sue all he wants, but if I were Lebron and it was proven in another test he was my father, I'd be suing for back child support. Crazy man.

1507 days ago
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