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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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61.

Amanda    

The LOVE of money is the root of all evil not money in itself. Get your quotes right people.

1539 days ago
62.

Fredric Felder    

This man deserves every Penny! Wasn't for his stupid decision to sleep with Momma James (GOOD LORD!) :( Ewww.. he wouldn't be here today..

1539 days ago
63.

ChorizoSupreme    

He may be a highly educated man, but he is also a pathetic low life as well. Being a "Senior Legal Advisor for the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission" does not make him a gentleman. Just look at the rest of the s***-bags working in Capitol Hill; he fits right in.

1539 days ago
64.

maggie    

sperm donor at best

1539 days ago
65.

King James    

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1539 days ago
66.

clanceyjoe    

This man is disgusting and sad. If the mother and the child obviously refuse to want this man in any shape or form in their life, it should be their right. He is forcing himself on them, and using money. So I would love to ask this man something. So if proven you are the father (and he prob. is) your sons value is worth $4M? SO you are ok with no being a part of his life for the money right? This man is a greedy bastard and I hope he gets nothing and is seen for the complete jerk he is for the rest of his life

1539 days ago
67.

Throwback kid    

Over 70% of blacks are born out of wedlock in this country, even the great Lebron too.

1539 days ago
68.

Stephanie in ATL    

I say prove the jerk is the dad and then LeBron's Mom should sue HIM for back child support...show his ASS!!

1539 days ago
69.

cctxgirl    

Okaayy, the girl was 15, in a bar, goes home with a guy she just met, has sex and gets pregnant. She knew exactly what she was doing and what she wanted. If and that's a big if, that she was raped, then she should have filed charges then. Why is it, other than it's the law, a teeny bopper makes herself up to look older, finds a way to get into a bar, knowing full well everyone would take her for being at least 21, picks out the guy she wants to hump, and it's all his fault? I totally agree a grown man shouldn't have sex with a minor, but come on, she knew what she was doing. Don't agree with the law suit at all, but he's not totally the bad guy everyone is making him out to be regarding the sex. She shouldn't have been in the bar in the first place, and you just don't go home with a guy you JUST met and have sex with him if you have any morals or decency or respect for yourself. I will give her credit for not having an abortion though. And if she wanted child support she should have filed suit against him for it along with the rape charges a long time ago.

1539 days ago
70.

Fin    

He is a rapist
He should register as a sex offender.
If he is James' father then James and his mother should sue for 18 years of back child support.
Lebron should sue for alienation of afftection and abandonment.

If that SOB wants to sue - let him but they can sue too. And just like the slimy lazy piece of **** that claims to be Oprah's biological daddy, he can get a footnote in wikipaedia and nothing more.

So fellas, before you stick your thang unprotected where it don't belong, remember that 21 years from now you too may be an embarrassment to your successful child that achieved much in life in spite of you and probably because you (you POS) were not IN THEIR LIFE!

I'm just sayin'!

1539 days ago
71.

Jah    

This is BS why do people act like this, same thing happened to Shaq

1539 days ago
72.

PREMADONNA    

@ #24 GRUMP ITS NOT ABOUT SHARING........... WHERE DA HELL HE BEEN HE COME OUT OF NO WHERE LOOKING FOR MONEY WAT DA HELL HAVE HE DONE FOR DAT MAN FORGET DA MOTHER BUT HE AINT NEVA BEEN AROUND Y DA HELL COME AROUND NOW

1539 days ago
73.

Danielthepoet    

Are you kidding me? What kind of father sues his own son? What garbage!

1539 days ago
74.

Nancy    

Where the hell were the CHILD SUPPORT PAYMENTS! This mother raised her son on her own...don't go STUPID PEOPLE..If this man knew years ago he was the father of LeBrone..What! I think back child support should be the same amount that the so called father is asking...don't YOU!

1539 days ago
75.

gigi    

Im not mad a the guy cause he tried to be a father it was more like gloria

1539 days ago
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