“Nirvana baby” refiles lawsuit over Nevermind cover art

Spencer Elden, the man who featured as a naked baby on the cover of Nirvana’s 1991 album Nevermind has refiled his lawsuit against the rock band.

He was four months old when he was photographed naked in a pool for the album cover. Now 30, he alleges that the picture constitutes child pornography as it shows his genitalia.

Independent reports that according to court documents filed on 11 January, and obtained by the Press Association, lawyers acting on behalf of Elden said former members of the band had “leveraged the lascivious nature of his image” to promote their famous album “while earning, at a minimum, tens of millions of dollars in the aggregate”.

Elden would “continue to suffer damages as long as the violations described above persist”, the lawsuit continued.

After Elden’s previous lawsuit was dismissed by a US judge earlier this month, he was given until Thursday (13 January) to pursue the case and file a second amended complaint.

The Independent has contacted Nirvana representatives for comment.

In the original claim, filed in August 2021, Elden’s legal camp alleged Nirvana “failed to take reasonable steps to protect Spencer and prevent his widespread sexual exploitation and image trafficking”.

These allegations have now been dropped.

The defendants’ lawyers filed a motion to dismiss Elden’s lawsuit in December last year, claiming he had “spent three decades profiting from his celebrity as the self-anointed ‘Nirvana Baby’”, including recreating the photo for money and having “Nevermind” tattooed on his chest.

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