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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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Is Nirvana’s Album Cover Really Child Pornography?

Law 360
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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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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Bronx man’s lawsuit alleges multiple incidents of sexual abuse at SAR Academy in Riverdale

A Jewish day school in Riverdale that has been accused of sexual abuse multiple times, including cases in February 2020 and others in 2019, has another case on its hands. On Aug. 24, Marsh Law Firm filed a lawsuit on behalf of Thomas Eckmann against Salanter Akiba Riverdale Academy (SAR) at 655 West 254th St. The lawsuit alleged that Eckmann was sexually abused by one of its assistant principals, teachers and school administrators, Stanley Rosenfeld and one of its teachers and rabbis, Rabbi Sheldon Schwartz, all while the school failed to protect ...

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Child Victims Act extended for another year amid courts shutdown

Brooklyn Daily Eagle
The Child Victims Act, the law that gave sexual abuse survivors a one-year window to sue for abuse they suffered past the statute of limitations, was officially extended on Wednesday by the State Legislature. “The passage of the Child Victims Act remains one of the most historic victories for child abuse survivors in New York State, and the COVID pandemic nearly prevented countless survivors from ensuring accountability — but today’s vote proves that nothing can stand in the way of justice,” said James R. Marsh, a New York attorney who represents more than 700 ...

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Thousands of sexual abuse cases likely to be filed under Child Victim’s Act

The resolution of those cases hinge in large part on this week's legal maneuver by the Archdiocese of New York, which asked a court to compel its 32 insurers to provide defense coverage and possible settlements. In response to at least one major insurance company's indication it did not intend to provide coverage, the archdiocese sought legal remedy in an effort to protect its hundreds of churches and parishes from financial ruin.  The move had attorneys like James Marsh, of New York-based Marsh Law, applauding. “This is an unequivocal sign ...

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