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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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451.

Intellectual     

You people condemning this guy are idiots... First they met in a bar in DC so he should assume that shes at least 21. Second, how could he possibly help raise Lebron when it clearly says in the article that Lebron's mom never told him who the father was? Also people saying he should go to prison for statutory rape need to understand that there is a statute of limitations on statutory rape and this took place over 20 years ago.

1532 days ago
452.

janice    

he looks nothing like lebron, in fact he looks like a vampire, a wine head, just because he has college education, doe not make him smart...looks like to me if he is the father he owe's gloria james some child support...emm 40 million dollars will due..and then you own up to having unprotected sex with a minor...loks like you need a attorney, money hungry crack head...

1530 days ago
453.

Calvin    


I have never seen or heard anything like this. Go and tell the whole world that you committed Statutory Rape? If he was so smart then he should no that men just a year short of 30......
DON'T HAVE SEX WITH 15 YEAR CHILDREN.....Well she wasn't a child, child but still 15 years old? Is he out of his mind? Maybe Gloria did do something to the DNA test but she can sue him for Statutory Rape claiming mental abuse if she wanted to. Like the other person said, Lebron James father would be best off if he just took it to his grave. Dont't tell the whole world that you raped someone. Is he out of his mind?

1527 days ago
454.

Jacques    

He can't be Lebron James's father...because I know for a fact that I am...

1525 days ago
455.

Violet Petran    

This case is such a sad example of a father not wanting to be a father until he can make some money off of it. I blogged about this issue and other recent paternity issues in the news in my blog:http://lawblog.legalmatch.com/2010/07/29/whos-your-daddy-when-paternity-is-an-issue/

1524 days ago
456.

pdx    

who the hell cares

1517 days ago
457.

Dr Doug    

So what if he IS LeBron's father. That doesn't entitle him to any money! Where do these people come up with these ideas? If I were LeBron I would hire the most expensive lawyers and detectives he could get and make this man look FOOLISH!

1517 days ago
458.

shaya    

Come on people, we have to look at both sides,he told us that she claimed to be 20ish when they meet. She was in a bar at age 15. What 15 yrs old would be sitting in a bar not looking for a older man? Not mines! Sounds like she was 15 and was looking to get out of a bad situation at her home. Maybe she wanted to be taken care of by a older man. Sound like she planned the entire pregnancy. Along with being a single mom. When she went back he did not give in like she thought he would. So she left and never turned back. Now because its Lebron we act like it's not possible but it could be. I want be surprised if he is the "Father"!

1516 days ago
459.

Wood Eye    

Papa was a rolling stone....and a child rapist! How lovely!

1494 days ago
460.

Mee    

Lebron knows that's his biological father if he named his 2nd son Bryce or did GLORIA have something to do with suggesting that name? SAD :(

1493 days ago
461.

SHAE    

PLEEZE SAVE THAT BULL! YOU KNEW THAT WAS YOUR BABY FROM JUMP! YOU DIDN'T WANT TO STEP UP WHEN GLORIA WAS RAISING HIM!! "OUT OF SIGHT, OUT OF MIND, HUH!" NOW THAT THE HARD PART IS OVER YOU WANT "TO BE THE FATHER!!!" SERIOUSLY S

1474 days ago
462.

Nickalus T. Holt    

No doubt in my mind that Gentleman is Mr. James father… They look just alike! Also, I know a bunch of African American men (Brothers) and under no cir***stances DO they claim children willingly! Now I would concede the fact, this Gentleman would have carried that sexual escapade with Mr. James mother to his grave if Mr. James grew up to be a nobody.

Just my humble opinion. Thanks!

1459 days ago
463.

green stool    

If all this is true, then he's a pathetic excuse for a father. If LeBron wants nothing to do with him, then he should go away. What does he want? Money, or fame. green stool

1421 days ago
464.

Dre    

Soo can he go to prison still since he admitted he had sex with a 15 yr old when he was 29???

1327 days ago
465.

Crystal    

And where the hell was he all those years, what a loser. Looks like he's proud to be LeBron's dad although he did NOTHING for him growing up. He even told the mom "well if he's mine make sure he plays basketball" That already shows he didn't want the responsibility and he's actually trying to take some credit in Lebron's basketball career that he doesn't deserve. What a douche bag of the highest degree. Lastly, I do believe this ******* could be his dad because what I've noticed about Lebron is that he has an unusual number of bottom teeth. He just has too many, and this guy does too.

1326 days ago
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