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‘Nevermind’ baby Spencer Elden sues Nirvana, alleging album cover was child porn

The naked baby photographed on Nirvana’s breakthrough album “Nevermind” is now accusing the band of being child pornographers, claiming they told him to “Come As You Are” without consent.

Spencer Eldon, now 30, filed a lawsuit against Kurt Cobain’s estate and the band’s surviving members, saying the grunge pioneers violated federal child pornography statutes and sexually exploited him.

Eldon also said he has suffered “lifelong damage” from having his naked body plastered on the triple-diamond-selling album, and claims neither he nor his guardians consented to the naked photoshoot, according to the federal suit.

The band, photographer and record labels “intentionally marketed Spencer’s child pornography and leveraged the shocking nature of his image to promote themselves and their music at his expense,” the suit alleges.

Spencer Eldon
Spencer Eldon, now 30, is suing Kurt Cobain’s estate and Nirvana’s surviving members.DSC Records

The plaintiff, who was 4 months old at the time of the 1991 underwater photoshoot, also claims he was forced to engage in “commercial sex acts,” and that the band went back on an alleged promise to conceal his genitals on the album cover.

Naked baby from Nirvana album
The naked baby on the cover of Nirvana’s “Nevermind” album is suing the band for child pornography.

“The permanent harm he has proximately suffered includes but is not limited to extreme and permanent emotional distress with physical manifestations, interference with his normal development and educational progress, lifelong loss of income earning capacity, loss of past and future wages, past and future expenses for medical and psychological treatment, loss of enjoyment of life, and other losses to be described and proven at trial of this matter,” the document read.

American rock group Nirvana
American rock group Nirvana is being sued by the baby shown on their “Nevermind” album cover.

In 2016, 25-year-old Eldon recreated the cover fully clothed to pay homage to the hit record, which blasted indie rock to the mainstream with hits like “Smells Like Teen Spirit” and “Lithium.”

“I said to the photographer, ‘Let’s do it naked.’ But he thought that would be weird, so I wore my swim shorts,” Elden said of the shoot at the time.

“The anniversary means something to me. It’s strange that I did this for five minutes when I was 4 months old and it became this really iconic image.”

The infant’s family was only paid $200 for the 15-second plunge in the pool, which only happened because Elden’s dad was a friend of the photographer, according to a 2008 NPR report.

Spencer Elden
Spencer Elden, who recreated his underwater pose, claims he was forced to engage in “commercial sex acts.”

Even though he seemed excited about the reenactment in 2016, days earlier the LA-based artist told Australia GQ he wished the band had stayed away.

“I’m pissed off about it, to be honest … I’ve been going through it my whole life. But recently I’ve been thinking, ‘What if I wasn’t OK with my freaking penis being shown to everybody?’ I didn’t really have a choice.”

Eldon’s suit seeks damages and an injunction to prevent the band from profiting from the hit album.

Per: NYP

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