A man who as a teenager accused Michael Jackson of molesting him and won a $20 million settlement from the pop singer now has won an appellate ruling on his claim that he was attacked by his own father.
The man, now 26, is seeking a restraining order against his father, who he said "struck him on the head from behind with a twelve and one-half pound weight and sprayed his eyes with mace or pepper spray and tried to choke him," according to an appellate court ruling.
A state Family Court judge in August 2005 had granted the man a temporary restraining order against his father, but refused to issue a permanent order.
A two-judge appellate panel said that was a mistake and sent the case back for trial. The temporary restraining order remains in effect.
The June 8 ruling was initially reported Tuesday by the New York Daily News. At the time of the attack in August 2005, the father and son were living in New Jersey, the newspaper said.
The man's allegations against Jackson date from March 1993. He refused to testify at Jackson's 2005 trial in Santa Maria, Calif., on charges of molesting another boy.
The man's lawyer, Brian M. Schwartz, did not return a message seeking comment Tuesday.
The father's lawyer, Raoul Bustillo, also did not return a call seeking comment Tuesday. He told the newspaper he would not discuss the case.