A man who was set on fire as a child by his father and befriended by Michael Jackson during his recovery reclaimed a condominium Friday that someone posing as the pop star’s cousin had been accused of bilking from him.
A superior court judge signed a default judgment returning the property to Dave Dave, formerly known as David Rothenberg, said his attorney, Brian Oxman.
Dave was also awarded $93,000 in damages, according to Oxman, who said he took on the case at Jackson’s request.
“This is a case where the most vulnerable was taken advantage of,” Oxman said.
Dave, 28, was 6 when his father doused him with kerosene and set him on fire in an Orange County motel room during a custody dispute. More than 90 percent of Rothenberg’s body was burned.
Dave alleged in a lawsuit filed in February that Darnello Jackson posed as Michael Jackson’s cousin to gain his trust and tricked him into signing over his $335,000 condominium in Inglewood.
The two met in 2003 at Jackson’s Neverland Ranch.
Darnello Jackson did not appear for the hearing or file court papers.
“All I can say now is that there is another side to this story,” he said by phone.
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