Baby on ‘Nevermind’ cover sues Nirvana for child porn

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Spencer Elden, the man who appears on Nirvana’s “Nevermind” album as a naked baby, is suing the band because the photo is child porn.

The lawsuit, filed Monday in U.S. District Court for the Central District of California, accuses Nirvana of violating federal child pornography laws in using the image and asks the court for a jury trial.

Elden, 30, is seeking $150,000 in damages from each of the 15 named defendants, including Nirvana, Warner Records, Universal Records, bandmates Dave Grohl and Krist Novoselic, Courtney Love (as the executor of Kurt Cobain’s estate), Guy Oseary and Heather Parry ( as trustees of Cobain’s estate).

Elden’s attorney said at least 40 or 50 photos had been taken at the time, but the chosen image depicted Elden “as a sex worker—grabbing a dollar bill dangling from a fishhook in front of his naked body.”

The filing alleges that Elden and his parents have not signed a waiver allowing the images to be used.

Elden’s lawyer claimed he suffered lifelong damage and will continue to suffer because of the album cover.

Elden has recreated the photo more than once, the most recent being for the album’s 25th anniversary. At the time, he said he wanted to pose nude, but the photographer “thought it would be weird”.

Elden had expressed mixed feelings about the album cover, but never called it child porn.

According to the lawsuit, Nirvana has sold more than 30 million copies of “Nevermind.”

Universal Media Group and Warner Music Group, the parent company of Warner Records, did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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