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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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The report says "Defendant LeBron James, a resident of Bath Township Ohio, is the world famous professional basketball player"

Soooooo what is this "father's" motive? Had Lebron James never become famous, this guy would go to the grave never seeking out his own flesh and blood. He is an opportunist, a s*** bag, he deserves no part in LeBron's life.

1327 days ago


Hmm, So he thinks he is due money for having sex with a 15 yr, old when he was 29 that may have resulted in a child when he ONLY contribution to the mother was "If its mine, see that he plays basketball"?.More lik he should have gone to jail for statutory RAPE and non support!
Does he realize that all children have 'biological' fathers,,growing up fatherless is growing up without the presence,support or love of the man? that conceieved them and its apparent that LeBron did! What this man deserves is a good
kick in his worthless azz!

1297 days ago


He is douchebag

1190 days ago


LeBron wasn't pretending he was fatherless. He was fatherless. "If he's mine, make sure he plays basketball" is hardly fathering someone.

With all the advantages Mr. Stovel has had in his life he should be ashamed of himself! This will probably go to a jury in Florida and he'll get a nice big settlement, though.

1189 days ago


Hiltzie, Yes that statutory rape. But considering Lebron is 27 now, the statute of limitations probably ran out.

1189 days ago


u know that's not lebron's dad the man still got a hairline

1126 days ago


Shame on him... The audacity to sue.. So what if he is the dad? He cannot force himself onto his life. He should turn himself into the authorities for having sex with a minor. I bet he is unemployed seeking a free ride AND 15 minutes of fame. Enough said -- he is now a memory...

1010 days ago


This is a damn shame. Someone needs to throw the book at his ass. I'm still puzzled...how can he sue when he committed a crime himself. Isn't having sex with a minor a crime? The nerve of this guy. He was missing in action all of LeBron's youth years, and he should do the same in LeBron's adult years. I tell ya..I use to hear my granny say "the love of money is the root of all evil". I never understood it until now. SMH

936 days ago
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