‘Nevermind’ Baby Is Still Suing Nirvana

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The man pictured as the naked baby on Nirvana’s Nevermind album cover has revived his “child pornography” lawsuit against the band after it was dismissed by a federal judge in California last week. Spencer Elden filed his second amended complaint late Wednesday, meeting a deadline set by Judge Fernando M. Olguin to reinstate the claims. The judge previously tossed the case Jan. 3 on the grounds Elden had failed to respond to a motion to dismiss filed by Nirvana and the other defendants last month. In his new filing, Elden, now 30, drops his claim related to ...

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Tears, Vindication and Relief: Maxwell Accusers React to Verdict

Bloomberg Equality
More than two years after the death of Jeffrey Epstein, his victims -- many of whom say they were children when they were abused by the disgraced financier -- have finally won through the conviction of his ex-girlfriend and accomplice Ghislaine Maxwell. Over the past month, Epstein and Maxwell accusers have watched the trial from inside the courtroom and read about it from afar. Some have expressed anxiousness about what the 12-person jury would make of the four women who took the stand to recount their abuse, and of the efforts made by the defense to ...

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Nirvana Attorneys Seek Dismissal of ‘Nevermind’ ‘Child Porn’ Lawsuit, Calling It Too Late and Too ‘Absurd’

Attorneys for the members of Nirvana have asked a judge to dismiss a lawsuit filed in August by the man who was the “naked baby” on the cover of the 1991 “Nevermind” album, on the basis that the legal arguments that the image constitutes child pornography are decades too late as well as too silly. Elden’s lawyers at Marsh Law issued a response to Variety, writing in part: “In 1991, Nirvana exploited Spencer’s inability to consent as an infant, and today, the band and Universal Music Group (UMG) continue to prioritize profits over our client Spencer ...

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Nirvana’s Lawyers Call ‘Nevermind’ Baby’s Lawsuit Meritless

Rolling Stone Magazine
Nirvana’s legal team has finally responded to the lawsuit filed by the Nevermind baby this past summer, writing in a response filed Wednesday that Spencer Elden’s child pornography claims are both meritless and well past the statute of limitations. Elden’s lawyers at Marsh Law told Rolling Stone Thursday in a statement, “In 1991, Nirvana exploited Spencer’s inability to consent as an infant, and today, the band and Universal Music Group (UMG) continue to prioritize profits over our client Spencer Elden’s right to consent, ...

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Lawyers Question Why Maxwell Jury Only Heard From Four Accusers

Bloomberg Equality
More than a hundred women have said they were abused by Jeffrey Epstein, but only four of them were called by prosecutors to testify in the sex-trafficking trial of Ghislaine Maxwell, his alleged right-hand woman. It’s a decision that lawyers who have represented some of those other women question. The jury began deliberations in the case on Monday and broke for the holidays Wednesday without reaching a verdict. They will reconvene on Dec. 27.  Robert Lewis, who represents Sarah Ransome, an Epstein victim who has attended the trial but is not testifying, ...

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Former paperboys await justice after suing Gannett for allowing sexual abuse four decades ago

“Despite the fact that Defendants knew or should have known that Plaintiffs were in danger of being sexually abused by their employees, including Lazeroff and the Unnamed Employee, the Defendant failed to take reasonable steps to protect them from that danger,” states one of the complaints filed by the Marsh Law Firm, which represents eight former D&C paperboys. “The Defendant negligently hired Lazeroff and the Unnamed Employee then failed to properly supervise them. The Defendant permitted Lazeroff and the Unnamed Employee unfettered and unsupervised access to ...

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Interviewing and Deposing Survivors of Sexual Crimes Who Have Intellectual Disabilities

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Individuals with intellectual disabilities (ID) are the most likely victims of sexual assault. To be effective advocates, attorneys must be properly trained to interview and depose this survivor population. Even before a sexual assault becomes a “case”, many reporting hurdles face these survivors: Even if these survivors are capable of making a report, their credibility may be questioned simply because of their disability.If the survivor is living exclusively with a community caregiver who may also be the perpetrator, there may be limited opportunities ...

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Amended ‘Nevermind’ Lawsuit Dredges Up Cobain Journal Entries, Says Baby Also Shot as Hugh Hefner

Rolling Stone Magazine
A new version of the lawsuit accusing Nirvana of child pornography claims the photographer hired to take the naked baby photo used on Nevermind’s cover also shot images of the same baby, Spencer Elden, styled to look like Playboy founder Hugh Hefner. Elden, now 30, added the allegation to his amended complaint filed Monday. The new filing also drops former Nirvana drummer Chad Channing as a defendant in the case, and dredges up disturbing journal entries attributed to late Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain. The new complaint, filed in ...

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Dave Grohl suggests Nirvana could alter controversial Nevermind cover

Dave Grohl has “many ideas” to change the cover artwork for Nirvana’s Nevermind album. The group’s second album, released in 1991, is an all-time classic, but courted controversy after Spencer Elden, the child who appears in the artwork, sued later singer Kurt Cobain’s estate over the nude image. He alleged the snap was an example of child pornography and sexual exploitation and, in response, Grohl told Britain’s The Sunday Times newspaper it could be altered in the future. “I have many ideas of how we should alter that cover but we’ll ...

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Baby on Nirvana’s ‘Nevermind’ Album Cover Pleads to Censor His Genitalia From 30th Anniversary Artwork

Spencer Elden, the naked swimming baby on Nirvana's iconic 1991 album Nevermind cover, is pleading with the band on the album's 30th anniversary to have the artwork revealing his genitalia to be altered. While fans, next-gen artists and the landmark album's producer Butch Vig are reflecting on the anniversary of Nevermind, which was released 30 years ago on Sept. 24, 1991, via DGC Records, Elden continues his fight over the naked photo of him as an infant. Now, he wants the image on all future reissues of the album -- some ...

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