April 09, 2003 11:00 AM

A Maryland man accused of stalking Janet Jackson is firing back — and not for small change.

Eric Leon Christian, 31, has filed his second defamation lawsuit against the singer, claiming he has been wrongly accused of harassing her and has suffered mental and emotional distress, Rolling Stone reports.

The complaint, filed April 1 in Los Angeles Civil Court, asks for Jackson’s company, Black Doll Inc., to be charged with two counts of filing a false statement, for which he is seeking $20,000. He’s also seeking another $20 million in restitution for defamation, malicious prosecution, and mental and emotional stress because of a restraining order Jackson filed against him.

In November 1997, Jackson’s Black Doll filed and was granted a petition seeking an injunction reportedly based on claims that Christian was stalking Jackson and making threatening phone calls.

Christian was subsequently labeled a stalker in the press, but he maintains that he never called or sent threatening letters to Jackson and is now seeking to have his criminal record amended.

Christian previously lost a $20 million defamation suit that he filed against Jackson last year, reports Rolling Stone.

There has been no comment from the Jackson camp.

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