MIAMI BEACH (CBS4) — TMZ is reporting that a Miami Beach parking valet has filed a battery suit against the mother of LeBron James who slapped him in front of the Fontainebleau hotel last week.

Gloria James was arrested by Miami Beach police after she was accused of assaulting the valet worker because he was taking too long to have her car delivered.

However, reports the video shows Gloria James may not have made the first move. During the encounter, Gloria walks up to the valet, Rockfeller Sorel, and gets in his face over the parking situation. As Gloria verbally unloads, Rockfeller takes an advancing step towards Gloria and bumps her. Gloria quickly recovers, then slaps him with her left hand, then she swings her purse at him with her right hand. Sorel, TMZ reports, takes several aggressive steps towards Gloria who slips and falls while retreating.

Gloria gets off the ground and tries to go after the valet but several bystanders get in between the two and break it up.

Police said Gloria had a strong odor of alcohol on her breath and her eyes were bloodshot when officers arrived at the hotel about 4:47 a.m. Thursday, April 7th. She was released with a promise to appear on charges of simple battery and disorderly conduct.

Sorel has since quit his job.

The Fontainebleau Miami Beach has released a statement saying it “cannot confirm the authenticity of the video footage for the reason being that the Fontainebleau did not provide and will not distribute its surveillance footage to TMZ or any member of the media.”

Tune in to TMZ on TV weekdays at 11:00 p.m. on TV 33.

Comments (13)
  1. mimi says:

    no matter how money you have you are what your are you know what i mean

  2. William Wrigley says:

    A slap is not a battery or assault!!! If cops arrested everybody just for slapping, the prisons and jails would fill up with so many slappers, there wouldn’t be room fo people who should be locked up!!!!

    1. Anonymous says:

      Actually a slap is both battery and assault. A battery is complete upon contact, assault is complete upon the other person being aware of incoming offensive contact.

      1. GAIN AND AGEIN says:

        Anonymous, You know the LAW…

        Cops must arrest all: people that suffer from:

        Lack of Humility,
        (PROVEN) Self- DEFENSE

        EXPOSURE (F/M), (F/M)Burglary, Vullgarity (M/F/M), Prostitution (M/F),

        Harassment (M/F), CORRUPTION (M/F), Probation (DE-Fraud)…/

        LACK OF INTEGRITY/ GAYNESS (only if it does not affect, YOU)

        Thanks, ANONYMOUS….

    2. me says:

      Any unwanted touching is a battery, even if the touching is through an object in your hand (i.e. smacking someone with a purse).

    3. Armando says:

      @ William Wrigley- you are kidding?. I bet if you were slap, you would be calling “police” “police”, and then call your attorney.

  3. gladiatorgal says:

    she had alcohol in her system, thats why she got arrested. And its not the first time she does this or is drunk. She has previous DUI problems.

    1. GAIN AND AGEIN says:


      And, employee knew it,

      HE NEEDED X-TRA $$$$$$$$$$

  4. Elliott says:

    Some people have absolutely no delicacy, tact or manners. Even at 4 am she may have had a little to drink, nevertheless she didn’t treat the valet attendant with due respect. Certain people belittle public servants to these extents. And then some people are so poor they only have a little money! Their parents didn’t give them that which some of us were imparted at home, which is not taught in schools…

  5. AnaH1526 says:

    It was his lucky day or lucky slap if you want to call it that.
    He just won the lottery. No wonder he quit his job

  6. tenthletter says:

    why are we even concerned with this? we need to stop fools, fakes, frauds and phonies like roosevelt brtadley miami needs a revolution NOW!!!!!

  7. jorge says:

    somebody looking for a pay day . that aint coming ….

  8. Jimbo99 says:

    I want to see this as an episode on the Lebrons cartoon ?

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