Man Set Afire At Age 6 Claims Fraud By Neverland Ranch Employee

POSTED: 3:31 pm PDT May 22, 2006 LOS ANGELES — A man who drew headlines when he was set afire by his father at age 6 claims in a lawsuit that he was defrauded out of ownership of an Inglewood condominium by a man he met at Michael Jackson’s Neverland Ranch. Dave Dave was known as David Rothenberg when, in 1983, he was doused with kerosene by Charles Rothenberg and burned over 90 percent of his body in a Buena Park motel room. The boy’s disfiguring injuries brought him international news attention and, in 1985, he was befriended by the pop star, according to attorney Brian Oxman, a longtime Jackson family lawyer who is now representing the plaintiff. Dave, now 28, was named as a potential character witness during Jackson’s trial in 2005 for the alleged molestation of another young boy who visited Neverland Ranch. The entertainer was acquitted of all counts, and Dave never had to testify.