Leicester Bryce Stovell claims that when he was 29 years old he met a 15-year-old Gloria James, took her home, loved her up without the benefit of a condom, and that nine months later little LeBron popped out. That's skeevy enough, but once James became famous, Stovell decided to cash in on the man he claims is his son and filed a $4 million lawsuit. Now, a judge has thrown that lawsuit out.
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Stovell, a Princeton grad, had filed the lawsuit claiming defamation, fraud, and misrepresentation. Stovell did take a paternity test but those results came back negative. He claimed in the suit that James and his mother tampered with the result to ensure a negative, though he offered little in the way of evidence.
Stovell even claimed that Gloria James informed him that she had become pregnant. Stovell claims he just told her, "Well, if he's mine, make sure he plays basketball."
Unsurprisingly, U.S. District Court Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly has thrown the case out. According to The Washington Post, she wrote Stovell, "fails to allege any facts to explain how they allegedly falsified the results," and " believes that companies are willing to pay him for being the father of LeBron James."
Stovell represented himself in the case and says he will look at his remaining legal options.