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At a time when everything from the past seems to be being passed through the lens of a microscope, a new and controversial episode arrives.

Spencer Elden, who at the time was less than a year old appeared on the front cover of the 1991 Nirvana’s “Nevermind” album, has now sued the band’s members and their heirs and accused them of child pornography.

“The defendants promoted Spencer’s child pornography in an intentional and commercial way and made use of the shocking nature of his image to promote themselves and their music at Spencer’s expense,” says the complaint filed in a Californian court.

The lawsuit also affirms that the benefits from the commercialization of Elden’s sexual exploitation are still pouring into the pockets of the musicians and their heirs.


Cover Baby Sues Nirvana Over ‘Nevermind’ Picture

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The lawsuit specifically accuses Dave Grohl and Krist Novoselic, who along with the late Kurt Cobain make the classic Nirvana line-up.

The lawsuit also targets Kirk Weddle, who was the cover photographer for ‘Nevermind’; and Courtney Love as heir to the Cobain estate. However, Spencer also points to Chad Channing, who was a drummer for Nirvana in its early years but that had left the band in 1990, before ‘Nevermind’ was released.

Elden seeks compensation for the damages that he has suffered and will continue to suffer for life as a result of his association with that image.

The cover of “Nevermind” is considered one of the most iconic in rock history and shows a baby diving in a pool and hunting for a dollar bill.

As a teenager and as an adult, Elden has recreated the famous pool picture several times even to celebrate anniversaries of the album release, however some other times he has express dislike for the fact that he will forever be linked to that image.

The lawsuit will have to be resolved by the courts in the coming months but in the meantime, an intense debate about it has started on social media.