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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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121.

dd    

@123 right on and especially to a 15 year old who couldn't afford and ultrasound.

1466 days ago
122.

my_tee_mouse    

The man looks like a bobble head. I wouldn't want to have to say he was my daddy either.

And ditto to what boohoo said.

1466 days ago
123.

bluejurnee    

This guy is stupid, he isnt going to get a penny from anywhere even if it comes out that the DNA test was tampered with. What judge in his/her right mind would A. force a grown ass man to form a relationship with his trifling ass and B. Pay him millions of dollars because his "son" (laugh omg) wants nothing to do with him. Sure if anything LeBron and his camp might get into trouble for the tampering, but I seriously doubt that this joker would get a damn thing. Lets get real I am sure LeBron and his camp wouldnt even waste their breathe and/or time to lie and change DNA results, thats a crime and LeBron has too much money, fame, and celebrity for that type of BS. This "father" (laughing again) should go away! He doesn't want you around, get over it. Helloer?!!

1466 days ago
124.

wayne    

Are you kidding, he doesnt deserve anything. but my god they look exactly alike. please have open mind people.. I really do think they look very very much alike. Id bet a lot that he is the dad.

1466 days ago
125.

Mark    

Wow!

Ok so even if your the father why sue your son? Let him be, and if your lucky and he lets you try and become his friend and wish him all the success in the world.

1466 days ago
126.

ohreally    

lmao @ suing your son you haven't seen in 23 years..

where's the honor? smh

1466 days ago
127.

ohreally    

people remember, u get half of ur genes from ur mother and half from ur father..

lmao people on here thinking he supposed to look like a ****ing clone of his dad when his mother got some pretty dominant genes too

1466 days ago
128.

kickaboo    

"Senior Legal Advisor for the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission"

Read more: http://www.tmz.com/2010/07/07/lebron-james-sued-leicester-bryce-stovell-gloria-james-lawsuit-basketball-mother-father-paternity-dna/5/#comments-anchor#ixzz0t3M2JXH9

http://www.newsrealblog.com/2010/04/24/sec-more-interested-in-watching-porn-than-wall-street/

1466 days ago
129.

Anon E Mouse    

He is trying to sue and get money for being a deadbeat dad and a child molester?
Is he serious?
WTF?

1466 days ago
130.

Terr    

Stop. This article is BS. Why would LeBron spend the time or the money to do a DNA test in the first place. The man was not in his life growing up so, yes, he was raised fatherless. Since when is an adult obligated to have a relationship with a parent (not that he's his father). Frivolous lawsuit if it even exists. Just like the article saying LL is on Dilaudid. It's for terminal patients, not dental work. C'mon, TMZ, there are enough true stories; no need to fabricate.

1466 days ago
131.

Ml    

Its amazing how money can make the crack head fathers all of a sudden be fatherly. He needs to kick rocks or smoke continue to smoke them. I hope his case gets thrown the **** out!

1466 days ago
132.

Harold    

He should be immediately charged with statutory rape. It simply doesn't matter that is was "consensual."

1466 days ago
133.

truth hurts    

They look nothing alike...he needs to fade back into the woodwork. Sorry azz estupido!

1466 days ago
134.

nathan    

THIS GUY LOOKS NOTHING AT ALL LIKE LEBRON EXCEPT THAT HE IS BLACK, THE NOSE ISN'T ANYWHERE CLOSE THE FOREHEAD, EYES, NOTHING.
GIVE HIM HIS TEST AND SEND HIM PACKING

1466 days ago
135.

maya    

Why does he want money fron his own son? isn't he ashamed enough of his story? I feel bad for those people who create stories for being famous. i am disgusted

1466 days ago
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