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The Nirvana baby is all grown up and ready to sue

On August 24, Spencer Elden filed a case to sue the rock band Nirvana.  A lot of people might not know his name, but they’ve most likely seen his face (or at least his baby face). One of Elden’s baby photos includes that of him submerged underwater and grabbing at a digitally imposed image of a bill on a hook.  The album has generally been known as a statement on capitalism, but Elden’s lawyer, Robert Y. Lewis, describes the image of Elden in that photo as “like a sex worker” as he reaches out for the bill while nude underwater. “Defendants ...

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Was the baby on the cover of Nirvana’s smash album ‘Nevermind’ exploited? Most definitely

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In the photo, the baby floats below the surface of the aquamarine water, posed like a skydiver, with outstretched arms. The 4-month-old appears to be reaching for a $1 bill baited on a fishhook. His tiny penis is visible, dangling in the water. Featured on the cover of Nirvana’s second album, “Nevermind,” it is one of the more iconic images in rock ’n’ roll history. The album, containing the monster hit “Smells Like Teen Spirit,” has sold at least 30 million copies and is still available anywhere music is sold. “The money is peanuts compared to what ...

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Attorney for ‘Nirvana Baby’ Explains Why They Believe the ‘Nevermind’ Cover Is Child Porn

A jury has yet to vote, if the case should make it to court, on whether the former members of Nirvana and their associates sexually exploited a child by putting an unclothed 4-month-old boy on the cover of the classic 1991 album “Nevermind.” But the general public has done a lot of weighing in on the merits of the lawsuit filed by 30-year-old Spencer Elden over the image. And there’s a lot of sympathy for the fact that Elden’s family was only ever paid $200 for a photo seen on a reported 30 million album covers and untold further millions of merch items. That ...

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Nevermind That Nirvana Child Pornography Lawsuit, Attorneys Say

Nirvana's 1991 album cover featuring a naked baby in a pool is now at the center of a debate about the line between art and child pornography. While some seasoned litigators tell THR there's nothing "a reasonable person would see as sexual about that image," the lawyer for the man in the photo insists it's child exploitation material. Elden’s attorney James Marsh, whose practice focuses on victims of sex abuse, insists permission wasn’t given. “Our understanding is there was no release,” he says. “In a culture in which we are trying to uphold consent as one ...

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Chris Cuomo argues with lawyer representing man suing Nirvana for child pornography

On Cuomo Prime Time Wednesday, Chris Cuomo sparred with Maggie Mabie, a lawyer representing Spencer Elden, who appeared naked as a baby on the cover of Nirvana’s 1991 album Nevermind. Elden is now suing the two surviving members of the band, Dave Grohl and Krist Novocelic, along with many others, alleging child pornography. Cuomo’s thoughts on the lawsuit were evident from the very beginning of the interview. After playing a short clip of the video for the first single off the album, “Smells Like Teen Spirit,” ...

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Nirvana sued by man who was nude baby on ‘Nevermind’ cover

A 30-year-old man who appeared nude at 4 months old in 1991 on the cover of Nirvana’s “Nevermind” album is suing the band and others, alleging the image is child pornography they have profited from. The lawsuit, filed by Spencer Elden on Tuesday in federal court in California, alleges that Nirvana and the record labels behind “Nevermind” “intentionally commercially marketed Spencer’s child pornography and leveraged the shocking nature of his image to promote themselves and their music at his expense.” The lawsuit says Elden has suffered “lifelong ...

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Why the Baby on Nirvana’s ‘Nevermind’ Album Is Suing Now

Spencer Elden was 4 months old when he was photographed by a family friend in 1991 drifting naked in a pool. The picture, taken at the Rose Bowl Aquatics Center in Pasadena, Calif., would be used that year for the cover of “Nevermind,” Nirvana’s seminal second album that helped define Generation X and rocketed the Seattle band to international fame. “Defendants knowingly produced, possessed, and advertised commercial child pornography depicting Spencer, and they knowingly received value in exchange for doing so,” according to the lawsuit, which was filed ...

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Baby from Nirvana ‘Nevermind’ Album Cover Sues, Calling It Child Porn

The man who, as a baby, was featured on the front of Nirvana's now-iconic "Nevermind" album cover is now suing basically everyone involved in the album (and one person who was not), alleging they were participants in his commercial sexual exploitation as a child.  Elden's lawer, Robert Y. Lewis of the New York-based Marsh Law Firm (which says it specializes in representing victims of sexual exploitation and abuse) characterizes the image in the lawsuit as follows: "Cobain chose the image depicting Spencer — like a sex worker — grabbing for a dollar bill that is ...

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Cuomo to Nirvana baby lawyer: ‘How do you get to pornography here?’

CNN's Chris Cuomo talks with attorney Maggie Mabie, whose client Spencer Elden, known as the baby on Nirvana's famous "Nevermind" album cover, is suing the band over alleged "child sexual exploitation."

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Legal experts trash ‘child porn’ claim over Nirvana ‘Nevermind’ album cover

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The man who appeared as a naked baby on the cover of Nirvana’s smash, breakthrough album should have said “Nevermind” to the idea of filing a child-porn lawsuit over its iconic cover, some legal experts said Wednesday. Elden’s lawyer James Marsh — who’s represented victims of child pornography for 16 years and currently has 26 such cases — slammed criticisms the suit was frivolous.  “We are dealing with real people, a real album, a real picture and a real cause of action, so the notion that this is frivolous … is sort of laughable because ...

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