Naked baby from Nevermind album cover sues Nirvana for ‘child pornography’

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Spencer Elden, who appears naked as a baby on the cover of Nirvana’s 1991 album Nevermind, is suing the band for alleged child exploitation and pornography. The album cover shows Elden, now 30, as a four-month-old baby boy swimming naked underwater with a U.S. dollar bill hanging in front of him on a fishhook. “Defendants intentionally commercially marketed Spencer’s child pornography and leveraged the shocking nature of his image to promote themselves and their music at his expense,” he alleged in the lawsuit, which was filed on Tuesday. Elden is asking for $150,000 in damages from each of the defendants, which include former band members Dave Grohl and Krist Novoselic, Kurt Cobain’s estate, photographer Kirk Weddle and various record companies. According to the court filing, Robert Y. Lewis, Elden’s lawyer, says the inclusion of the dollar bill in the photograph makes the baby resemble “a sex worker.”

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