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Man Whose Nude Baby Photo Appeared on Nirvana’s ‘Nevermind’ Album Sues Band for Child Porn

The following article, Man Whose Nude Baby Photo Appeared on Nirvana’s ‘Nevermind’ Album Sues Band for Child Porn, was first published on Flag And Cross.

The man who appeared in the nude as a baby on the cover of rock band Nirvana’s “Nevermind” album is now suing the band alleging sexual exploitation and child pornography.

Spencer Elden, who is now 30, was the baby whose tiniest member appeared dangling in the water on the cover of one of the band’s biggest albums in 1991. But even though he has spent his life proudly telling everyone who will listen that he was the baby on the album’s cover, Elden is now suing alleging that his parents never signed a release authorizing the band’s use of the photo. He is also asserting that the photo constitutes child porn.

“The images exposed Spencer’s intimate body part and lasciviously displayed Spencer’s genitals from the time he was an infant to the present day,” Elden’s legal papers filed in California claim, the BBC reports.

Elden’s lawyer made the novel argument that the dollar bill in the fishing hook added to the photo for the album cover makes the baby “look like a sex worker.”

The lawsuit also claims that the band had agreed to cover the baby’s genitals with a sticker, but that agreement was never fulfilled.

Elden further claims his “true identity and legal name are forever tied to the commercial sexual exploitation he experienced as a minor which has been distributed and sold worldwide from the time he was a baby to the present day.”

He also says he “has suffered and will continue to suffer lifelong damages” being associated with the album cover. And added that the cover induced “extreme and permanent emotional distress” as well as “interference with his normal development and educational progress” and “medical and psychological treatment.”

Elden seeks damages of at least $150,000 from each of the 15 defendants, including surviving band members Dave Grohl and Krist Novoselic; the managers of Kurt Cobain’s estate; Cobain’s former wife Courtney Love; and photographer Kirk Weddle.

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