Gloria James, LeBron's mother, gets plea deal in valet fracas

MIAMI (AP) -- The mother of Miami Heat star LeBron James has accepted a plea deal that includes dropping a battery charge arising from an altercation with a hotel parking valet.

Gloria James agreed Monday to donate $1,000 to a Haitian earthquake relief fund and perform 20 hours of community service. If she completes the service hours a disorderly intoxication charge will also be dismissed.

The 44-year-old Mrs. James was arrested in April 2011 after valet Rock Feller Sorel at Miami Beach's Fontainebleau Hotel claimed she struck him because of a delay in retrieving her vehicle. Lebron James was not with his mother at the time.

Sorel has also filed a civil lawsuit against Mrs. James seeking thousands of dollars in damages. Her attorney Christopher Lyons declined comment because of the pending lawsuit.

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