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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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46.

jj    

TMZ,

Just because one is "educated" doesn't necessarily mean one is above being a schmuck, or even truly educated for that matter. A prime example: George W. Bush. Who gets into Harvard Business School with a "C average"? Meritocracy, my ass!

1477 days ago
47.

britty8    

so wat if hes the daddy! Why does he need money now?? Hes not entitled to anything....well maybe a jail cell for having sex with a 15 yr old.

1477 days ago
48.

Joe Oudeis    

Yo! I'm Lebron's father.

1477 days ago
49.

Sunshine    

he remembers telling Gloria, "Well, if he's mine, make sure he plays basketball."

What about telling Gloria if he's mine I will support him I will be there for him I will act like a man and take responsibility for my kid.

1477 days ago
50.

DARRYL    

This is why people HATE lawyers.What lawyer in his or her right mind would take this case.If proven he is his father he's going to JAIL!! for child molestation.

1477 days ago
51.

Walter    

What a douche. Whatever happened to love?

1477 days ago
52.

Brandon     

Aw man, you have to see this commercial with LeBron and his dad on GlobalGrind.com http://bit.ly/bO568m High-larious!

1477 days ago
53.

marcia    

Picture #4 kinda resembles him to me. The bottom part of his face, they have the same smile there. And I think maybe the same laugh lines at the eyes and perhaps the forehead. If he is the sperm donor, did this guy make any attempts to reach out and be a father to him as he was growing up? If not, then Lebron should do the same thing Shaq did and just kick him to the curb.

1477 days ago
54.

spinner25    

Wow, all of your people need to get a clue.

Consensual sex is not rape, morons. Yet, due to age it would be statutory rape.

Rape and statutory rape are two entirely different things.

Pick up a damn book.

1477 days ago
55.

jia    

Who cares if he's his father. He's never been a father to him. He wants money. LeBron looks nothing like him.

1477 days ago
56.

Joe Oudeis    

Gloria and I had a torrid love affair long before the Liar Leicester even knew he had a Gizmo. Gloria and I loved each other with a passion barely equalled by Samson and Delilah; Romeo and Juliet; Tom and Katie, etc. I'm only asking for 1 million because I am a nice guy. Anybody got a problem with that?

1477 days ago
57.

Grump    

We don't know what the true story is. Seems fishy the woman never got him for rape? or child support seems like she didn't even know who the daddy was back then. All of a sudden she threatens this man? for what if he isn't the father?

1477 days ago
58.

YVONNE     

SO HE IS WILLING TO PUT HIS BUSINESS OUT THERE THAT HE HAD SEX WITH A FIFTEEN YEAR OLD CHILD GOT HER PREGNANT SKIPPED OUT ON HER NOW TRYING TO BE BACK IN THE PICTURE SINCE THE CHILD HE THINKS IS HIS HAS MAD MONEY & WANTS 4 MILLION DOLLARS??? IF IT TURNS OUT HE IS THE DADDY HE SHOULD GO STRA8T TO JAIL!!! YOU BASTARD YOU LOOK NOTHING LIKE LEBRON JAMES

1477 days ago
59.

Rae    

Even if he is the biological father, since when are absentee, deadbeat Dads entitled to money from the adult children they abandoned before they were even born??? Loser "Dad" contributed to Lebron's upbringing and education HOW??? Loser "Dad" paid how much Child support??? He provided alot of emotional support?? Exactly what makes him think he's entitled to money??

1477 days ago
60.

Scott    

The real question should be... what was his motive in the first place? The answer: fame and fortune.

1477 days ago
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