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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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Is Nirvana’s Album Cover Really Child Pornography?

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The iconic cover art of Nirvana's 1991 album "Nevermind" — an image of a naked baby boy submerged in a pool — was certainly shocking, but was it child pornography? Law360 asked the experts. A new lawsuit filed by the now-30-year-old man featured in the image says it was. In a complaint Tuesday, Spencer Elden called the famed cover a form of "sexual exploitation" that violated both state and federal child porn laws and that continues to hurt him to the present day. The image was shocking at the time — Nirvana's record label tried to force the band to censor ...

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Man who appeared on ‘Nevermind’ cover as an infant accuses Nirvana of child pornography in lawsuit

The man who appeared naked as a baby on a famed Nirvana album cover is suing the band, saying they profited off an image that constitutes "child pornography." Members of the band, Spencer Elden's attorney claims in a suit filed Tuesday in Los Angeles federal court, "knowingly produced, possessed, and advertised commercial child pornography depicting [Elden], and they knowingly received value in exchange for doing so." Now 30, Elden appears on the cover of Nirvana's smash 1991 record "Nevermind" as a then-infant depicted underwater with a dollar bill on a ...

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Baby on Nevermind cover sues Nirvana over child sexual exploitation

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Spencer Elden, who appeared as a naked baby on one of rock music’s most iconic album covers – Nevermind by Nirvana – is suing the band, claiming he was sexually exploited as a child. In a lawsuit filed in a Californian district court against numerous parties, including the surviving members of the band, Kurt Cobain’s widow Courtney Love, and the record labels that released or distributed the album in the last three decades, Elden alleges the defendants produced a child sexual abuse image with the photo, which features him swimming naked towards a ...

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The Nirvana ‘Nevermind’ Baby Is Still Chasing That Dollar

This issue was discussed decades ago, when the photograph of Elden was being prepared for the album cover, as there was some debate about airbrushing out the nudity, to avoid inevitable backlash (and, unknowingly, a future lawsuit). Late frontman Kurt Cobain reportedly responded by saying that they could place a sticker over the baby’s genitals, along with the statement: “If you’re offended by this you must be a closet pedophile.”

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The Nevermind cover baby, all grown up, is suing Nirvana for child pornography

Next month marks the official 30th anniversary of Nirvana's seminal grunge album Nevermind, but the surviving members of the band may not be in a mood to celebrate. Spencer Elden, who was photographed naked as a baby for the album's iconic cover art, filed a lawsuit on Tuesday accusing Nirvana and Geffen Records of profiting from child pornography of him. Per legal precedent, Elden is asking for $150,000 in damages from each defendant, a list that includes former Nirvana members Dave Grohl, Krist Novoselic, and Chad Channing; Kurt Cobain's widow Courtney Love ...

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The Baby From Nirvana’s “Nevermind” Album Cover Is Suing The Band And Kurt Cobain’s Estate For Alleged “Sexual Exploitation”

Spencer Elden was an infant when he was photographed naked by a family friend for the cover of Nirvana’s “Nevermind” album cover. Now, 30 years later, he is suing the band, alleging that he was “sexually exploited” as a minor. While nonsexualized images of infants are generally not considered to be child porn under US law, Elden’s lawyer, Robert Y. Lewis, claims that the image crosses a threshold into pornographic imagery.

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A naked baby helped Nirvana sell millions of records. Now 30, he’s suing the band for ‘child pornography.’

Spencer Elden may very well be the most famous naked baby the world has ever seen. A photo of him as an infant — submerged in water and seemingly chasing a dollar bill dangling from a fish hook — became the cover of Nirvana’s 1991 release “Nevermind,” considered one of the greatest rock albums of all time. Three decades later, Elden is now claiming the album cover is child pornography. The suit alleges that all were involved in making child pornography and benefited from “the sex-trafficking venture and Spencer’s exploitation” that was the ...

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NIRVANA, KURT COBAIN’S ESTATE: BABY’S ALL GROWN UP, NOW HE’S SUING … Over ‘Nevermind’ Art

The baby from Nirvana's famous "Nevermind" album art is all grown up ... and now he's suing the band for child sexual exploitation. A man named Spencer Elden claims he's the naked baby famously pictured in a swimming pool on Nirvana's groundbreaking 1991 album cover ... and he's suing the band, its surviving members and Kurt Cobain's estate, 30 years after the album dropped.

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With New York Abuse Claim Window Closed, Victims Face Hurdles in Bankruptcy Court

Thousands of New Yorkers who said they were sexually abused as children filed lawsuits ahead of a state deadline last week. For many, their efforts to seek redress and confront abusers will now run through bankruptcy court, where the institutions they sued took refuge from litigation. Since New York’s Child Victims Act in 2019 opened the door for lawsuits over sexual abuse suffered years or decades ago, roughly 9,000 people have filed suits in the state against individuals and institutions, according to Child USA, a nonprofit childhood abuse research and advocacy ...

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