Cover Baby For Nirvana’s ‘Nevermind’ Is Suing The Band
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He’s Suing Everyone Involved
Remember the baby on Nirvana’s iconic “Nevermind” cover? Well, he’s all grown up now and decided to press charges against the band for alleged child pornography and child sexual exploitation. Spencer Elden, who’s already 30 years old, filed a suit and claimed that the defendants “knowingly produced, possessed, and advertised commercial child pornography”, “failed to take reasonable steps to protect Spencer and prevent his widespread sexual exploitation”, and that they have continued “to benefit from their participation in Spencer’s commercial sexual exploitation.”
Because of these, Elden “has suffered and will continue to suffer lifelong damages.”
Elden is suing the two surviving members, Dave Grohl and Krist Novoselic, the estate of Kurt Cobain, photographer Kirk Weddle, art director Robert Fisher, and record companies and distributors. He’s seeking $150,000 damages from each of the defendant, along with other legal costs.
He was four months old when he appeared on the album cover. According to the suit, “Neither Spencer nor his legal guardians ever signed a release authorizing the use of any images of Spencer or of his likeness, and certainly not of commercial child pornography depicting him.”
His father, Rick, told NPR in a 2008 interview that the parents were paid $200 for the photo shoot.
Over the years, Elden repeatedly recreated the “Nevermind” cover, and he even had “Nevermind” tattooed in large letters on his chest.