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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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436.

chinee    

Why didn't that pathetic creature put the same time and energy into proving paternity when LeBron's mother told him she was pregnant. Never mind he hopes he plays basketball. What is that? Most kids play basketball. He's a poor excuse for a father. He should go back into the hole he's been in since LeBron's mother told him she was pregnant, if she even told him that. Let's suppose he is the father, SO WHAT? I'm sure he is not interested in helping to raise him. LeBron is a grown man and a wonderful one at that.

1512 days ago
437.

YELLOW PARROTT    

What??

This man is truly sick!

1511 days ago
438.

QUEENPRECIOUS    

WELL FIRST OF ALL IF HE IS THE HE WAS MOST LIKELY ONE OF THOSE GUYS WHO WHOOED THE YOUNGER WOMAN MAKING A BUNCH OF BROKEN PROMISES THAT HE LOVED HER AND WANTED TO SPEND THE REST OF HIS LIFE WITH HER THEN BOOM!!! AFTER HE GOT THE GOOD STUFF HE TOLD HER THE REAL DEAL HES TRYING TO MAKE SOMETHING OF HIS SELF AND DONT WANT ANYTHING TO DO WITH HER. THEN HE SEES HER MAN THAT SHE RAISED BY HERSELF THAT BECAME A SUCCESS BECAUSE HIS " MOMMA " MADE SURE HER SON BECAME THE MAN HE WANTED TO BE! NOT THE FOOL THIS MAN CLAIMED TO BE. AND BY THE WAY 15, 29 ISNT THAT RAPE??? HE SHOULD BE IN JAIL

1511 days ago
439.

Cass    

I don't care if he IS the father. He never supported his son so he doesn't deserve any money, much less any kind of validation from LeBron. If he really cared about being a dad, he would have supported him from the beginning and not just decided that he must be the daddy just because he got money.

1511 days ago
440.

Doreen    

I would hope the courts would simply throw this case out. This man may be educated but he is s***. First, he has sex with a 15 year old when he is 29. Second, he makes a wise ass statement about the child playing basketball if he is his. Third, through all those years (until LeBron became famous), he never once tried to help this family. Fourth, he still doesn't have any desire to simply have a good relationship with the LaBron even though he thinks he is his father. What a shameful display of a human being. This man deserves to be disowned by all who know him. And, it once again re-enforces what I have always said -- anyone can be a parent, but few are Mothers/Fathers.

1511 days ago
441.

sicofthebs    

i am so sick of you ghost fathers/daddy's, so called booty calls, one nite stands, deadbeats, wantabe playas. the list goes on you play the roles i didnt know she was underage or use her to let yo boyz know yea man i hit that use women as score cards all the damn time and then when the baby comes u get ghost but then when the baby becomes someone other than your sorry a@# you want to blame it on the mother she's a ho, she did'nt tell me,it ain't mine all this s@&* these women don't have time to try and run ya'll sorry a@#es down for you to step up to be a father they have to do what they need to do to take care of their child so do what you been doing all this time be a f&$@in ghost you been one this long now you costing this man and his MOTHER un nessary money that you really owe them, for some court and over paid lawyers to tell you that he may be yours cause you had a one nite booty call with a 15 yr old that created a hard working young man, a real father with a strong mother who has stepped and is now able to take care of his children and mother something you should have done keep the life you been livin without them you sorry excuse for a man even if he is yours you dont deserve the title of Father or even Daddy just rapist and deadbeat now share that with you boyz hahaha they have banks now for sperm donors maybe you can get paid by doing that cause actually thats all you were

1511 days ago
442.

Jennifer     

This man needs to get him some business. What defamation has he incurred none, she didn't slander him or defame his character. He out for some money and I hope that rape charges can be filed against him. These men that use the excuse oh well I didn't find out how old she until after need they butt kicked.

1510 days ago
443.

toya    

Why now, for the money right?. Where was dear old dad when Gloria had to let LeBron stay with friends because she couldn't afford rent. Furthermore, where was dear old dad when LeBron's friends parents had to help Gloria with her rent in order to keep LeBron with her. He should leave LeBron alone. He's grown now, with a family of his own. Move on.

1510 days ago
444.

chinee    

Comments by sicofthebs #446 should be available on all sites for everyone to read. Amen about the "GHOST FATHERS/DADDYS."

1510 days ago
445.

Rudy    

This D. C. Lawer must be having some serious money problems. He is suing Lebron, whom he claims to be his son for $4 million because of something that Lebron didn't even do to him and is desperate enough to admit that he had sex with a minor. Princton grad or not, when it comes to money people can be complete morons.

Anyway, Lebron is rich enough to hire attorneys who can pick Stovell's claims apart piece by piece.

This lawsuit is going nowhere.

1510 days ago
446.

Ana    

LeBron's mama was drinking in a bar at age 15 yrs old? Jeez, no wonder she's shielded her son about his father. Or perhaps she does not know who his father is? Maury would get down to the bottom of this! This kind of behavior from teenaged girls especially back in the 1980's was not unheard of. Many of them chased after grown men and had children by them. She should not be ashamed of her Jezebel past. Many of us women have been around the block a few times and wish we could go around a few more times! I wish I could! It takes two to screw!

1510 days ago
447.

C Money    

Hmm, this is so LeBron's father! The jaw and the hairline, King James got his mom's nose and and eyes but the man is his father!

Theory ) Her brothers are like 6'5 and 6'6, she met a smart dude who was 6'8 and 250 she decided to create the King, very creepy and smart. No way he deserves any money, like if he really wanted to know if he was the father, it was his duty to find out.

Go Heat, LeBron averages 20 - 10 - 10 next year

1510 days ago
448.

Ralph Smith    

There is enough cir****antial evidence indicating that this guy, the plaintiff, might be on the right track. As to the DNA test, there is strong indication that it might have been tampered by the defendant. The defendant has enough resources to do it - to play with the DNA testing -.

1506 days ago
449.

Mark Smith    

This dude must be on some old bull****... eryone knows LeBron was fathered by the Mailman Karl Malone.

1491 days ago
450.

airjordanthug    

delonte west is his real dad

1482 days ago
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