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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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And a "Senior Advisor" for the SEC. We all know what a great job the SEC has done. Lebron was better off not having anything to do with this guy. A sperm donor does not a father or "daddy" make.

1577 days ago

joey _ I love TMZ 'til ya piss me off!    


1577 days ago


Seriously people... First off, this guy didn't realize the baby momma was 15. The story reads that he "FOUND OUT LATER" that she was only 15 years old. Given his position in DC, it takes a guy who feels very strongly to almost self sacrifice his position he has to admit that. Then she sees him again in DC, not even stating who fathered the child she was pregnant with. Between when she's pregnant and now, how is he gonna figure that the baby would be his or not? He never saw her, or the baby for that matter... Though LeBron does go on national TV and play basketball. He says to himself hmm... that dude and I share some resemblance, hears how old he is, puts it together (since he is kinda smart folks), and finds out who LeBron's mom is, then BINGO! Maybe yes he suspects he's the daddy. Then he goes about trying to figure out how to get a hold of Gloria the momma which could take some time considering she's the Mother of one of the most famous basketball players ever. He finally gets the info in '07 and calls only to be threatened, etc. Then we find out he requested paternity test and it comes back negative. With the attitude the Mother has given, I'd suspect foul play as well. So, now he's suing them both (because if the test was tampered with and they said harmful things about him, both LeBron and his mother would be guilty OF FRAUD AND DEFAMATION) for 4 million bucks not because of who his alleged son is and how much publicity he's getting but for the actions they have taken to defraud him out of a relationship with his possible son that I'm sure he put a lot of money into trying to prove paternity. USE YOUR HEADS PEOPLE BEFORE DEFENDING RICH TALENTED FOLKS THAT MAY HAVE LOW MORALS BECAUSE THEY FEELS THAT'S OK TO DO!!!!!

1577 days ago


His moms not a mess she worked her whole life and put him through private school.

1577 days ago


This fool represent 1/2 of all the NON FATHERS (white, black, red, yellow, green and purple men) IN THIS FATHERLESS WORLD!!!!

1577 days ago

I am Spartacus    

Who is this guy trying to kid? We all know Delonte West is Lebron's daddy these days. After all, he's the one tapping Gloria. Can't believe TMZ never had that story.

But seriously, this guy is just a slimeball looking for money and attention. Day before Lebron is doing his announcement he comes out with this crap. He had all this time and he picks today. Give me a break.

Oh and welcome to NY Lebron, King of NY.

1577 days ago


The statute limitations has expired § 22-3008. First degree child sexual abuse (15yrs) / § 22-3010. Enticing a child (10yrs). Under 16 is a child and neither mistake of age nor consent is a defense to the above crimes in D.C.

If she looks too young.....

1577 days ago


@94 NO, Joes kids no their father this fool is trying to get a part of LeBrons new contract. And how does one sue their own child because they were a deadbeat?

1577 days ago


correction - is NOT a defense

1577 days ago


Tess, you're a nut.

Of course he says all those things. He's not going to admit he knew she was fifteen. And as for anyone preventing him from having a relationship with Lebron, even with a positive paternity test he could not make LeBron have any type of relationship with him--something Lebron clearly doesn't want. So what was he really deprived of? Lebron is not leagally bound to pay him anything even if he is the biological father.

1577 days ago

get a life ho    

he says he met her at a bar .,.,.what's a 15 year old doing in a bar in the first place ?

secondly many pre-adult teens look of age and if you meet in a bar I guess you can't assume they are of age ? the mom sounds a little scandalous if that's true that she was in a bar at 15 .

maybe he just wants a relationship with the son he never knew ? It that so wrong ?

Im sure the mom wants him nowhere near the son ( money ) this late in the game ( no pun intended )

1577 days ago

I am Spartacus    

"His moms not a mess she worked her whole life and put him through private school.

Posted at 6:01 PM on Jul 7, 2010 by dd"

Please tell me you're kidding. You don't honestly think Lebron's mom paid for him to go to St. Vincent St. Mary's do you? I coach high school football at a private school and i personally know of families or "friends" that pay for a few kid's tuition because those kids are star athletes. I know of one playing college football at one of the most famous programs in the country who's mom didn't pay 1 cent for him to go to private school. He spent half his time at his mother's and half his time at this rich family's house. Now granted the father in this family is the nicest guy i've met and he has known the family for a while and helped them through tough times but his brothers didnt go to private school because they were not the athlete he is.

It happens all the time. I'm not saying it's right but you would be amazed at the balls some of these parents have to ask things of the school. One father said, well this school is offering to pay for us so what can you do for me? It's sick how parents pimp their kids these days or the schools bend the rules to get that kid that will win them championships and bring them attention. Happens in college, happens in high school.

I doubt Gloria payed much of that tuition. It's no secret people threw everything at this kid. He got in trouble for accepting gifts for signing a few autographs, he got suspended a few games when he got that Hummer (i'm talking about the car you pervs!). Trust me, it happens.

1577 days ago

Get a life...idiots    

Who are you kidding? Harvey and the brain dead dweebs at TMZ don't watch sports...they just go down on the knob-gobbler they work for. Pathetic clowns.

1577 days ago


Google pics of his real dad, Anthony McClelland. He looks exactly like LeBron. This guy Leicester is not his dad!

1577 days ago


He's a smart man. There will be no charges of stat. rape. He can also sue for the DNR. evils in life:

What do God and Lawyers have NOT in common"
God does not think or want to be a lawyer.

The necessary evils of life:

saran wrap
newspapers/the internet/Cable news

He stated the mother saw him a few weeks later and told him she was pregnant. At the time he could not check to see if it was his child. The mother either did not want to make a father a DADDY unless he wanted to, and I would bet he said or showed some emotion that noted he did not want this child, and the mother decided not to run after this useless guy.

Also this LAWYER made it sould like he just met this woman,why sue her son? You didn't even know how old she was. I believe she may have had a one night stand. But when she stated she was pregnant, had already named the child, you must have known that you were the father. You were 29!!!!!! YOU KNEW ENOUGH TO KNOW ABOUT THE BIRDS AND THE BEES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

So you find out this man is your son. What do you get out of it? THe pleasure of knowing a son yu fathered turned into a wonderful man. A good son. Or a rich basketball player.

What will you take from it. Will you write a book? Never new the mother or the son, so you would have little to say unless you work with lies, half-truths, or those people who will take a few bucks to have their name in a book, or those trolls that may have crossed the street with your "son" and know all his secrets.

Will you follow him around like a groupie (You maybe able to tryout for next seasons of BASKETBALL WIVES, veay similar attributes.

1577 days ago
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