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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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76.

jstuddle    

I don't get it. Shouldn't he be the one sued for back child support?

1539 days ago
77.

gina    

GET THE F*** OUT OF HERE....you look nothing like Lebron - plzzz stick with being on the dead beat fathers list and move on - if Lebron was broke and not playing for the NBA, im sure your a** would not file - stop wasting tax payers $$ & court time on bullshyyyT - you want your 1 minute of fame badge huh??? Freekn Idiot !!!

1539 days ago
78.

Sandra    

He is just trying to get rich. He had sex with a minor.He must have found out that he can't be prosecuted for rape now so he has no problem filing suit.If Le Bron was say just a mail carrier or trash collector Not a famous basketball player this guy would not of ever came forward. He needs to take a flying f **k at a tree

1539 days ago
79.

Anonymous    

Some of you people must not read well, because you're asking questions and the answers which this man supposedly gave are the answers.

1) He thought she was legal being in that bar.
2) He later found out she was 15 and pregnant.
3) He thinks that they tampered with the evidence to show paternity.
4) If someone were keeping your child away from you by way of fraud, it would be a big deal to you!!
5) Would it matter to you if you were misinformed intentionally about your parentage and had the chance to get it right, possibly??

Now do you get the picture.....?

1539 days ago
80.

d-evil    

dude had to wait until the statute of limitations on statutory rape had expired before he could admit any of this, i believe the limit is 15yrs if it's considered a class A felony

1539 days ago
81.

nsc    

To be fair, LeBron looks a lot like his mom. The things that make me think twice about whether he is the father are the pics of him playing basketball and LeBron naming his kid Bryce.

1539 days ago
82.

Big Sexxy    

This will get laughed out of court , he looks NOTHING like him . Wasted post Harvey .

1539 days ago
83.

Angie Daly    

soooo what is the statute of limitation on statutory rape?????
put his but in jail and then see what he says. What a douc_____!!!

1539 days ago
84.

leisa    

See one woman maybe twice to have sex and to have her tell you that she is pregant and has already named the baby, most likely because she knew the sex. You either my action or word let her know you were not interested. She decided not to pursue the matter.

You were 29, you must know about the BIRDS AND BEES.And at 29 you knew she was teling you that you were the father.

WHAT is True:

No charge for stat. rape, been to long in some states.

Not claiming a child as yours not really, illegal.

bragging rights only.

Want to write a book about a mother you knew 2 minutes, a son you never met?

You have not been able to have any clients and decided to become one. (Remember old adage about Lawyers')

What Do you Want"

A book
Bragging Rights?
just to know, without any monies involved?
Just to know because you already have the Enquirer on the phone?

Son wanting to see or validate his parentage, legal

So what do you want:

1539 days ago
85.

tgrfan42069    

perfect timing this guy is trying to bank on the lebron love fest going around now.

1539 days ago
86.

QE2    

Total Pig. In every sense of the word.

1539 days ago
87.

JJ    

okay, so years ago when LeBron's mother mentioned that she was pregnant, this guy didn't give a Sh%t. Now that LeBron is a multi millionare he cares. What a loser!

1539 days ago
88.

jpm4444    

What's the statute of limitations for being a friggin rapist; that's statutory rape.

What do lawyers and male sperm have in common;

Only one in a million becomes a human being.

Lebrons' mama does get around; one of Lebron's teammates talked about having sex with her; she sounds like a mess.

1539 days ago
89.

aimeeant    

this sums it up:

1) this man is a sleazebag for telling the mom "to make sure he plays basketball" after he finds out she is pregnant,
2) this man is a douche bag for not offering any type of support when he found out she was pregnana AND allowed them to lose contact for decades,
3) this man is an a$$ for resurfacing AFTER LeBron is famous
4) this man is a dumba$$ for even attempting to sue for any $$

what should be done:

1) if he continues down this path, the mother should cry statutory rape,
2) if he still continues, she should sue for back child support,
3) and if he dares to continue, SHE should sue for defamation.

1539 days ago
90.

leisa    

NOT ALL BLACKS LOOK THE SAME
HOWEVER ALL C@C# S^C&ers do

How do yu know it was a WHORE BAr, I am white and trust me a bar is a bar.

It is people like you that are responsible for the hate in the world. When it gets in backward. Will you brave enough to talk like with the gun down your throat.
I bet yu had a hard day at work tody, if you work. I do not worry about yu being stupid, just very hard to getalong with. Or are yu the one that sits very still watching people being with people. I bet you frown when you read happy news about someone on TMZ

1539 days ago
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