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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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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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