A California judge has dismissed the child pornography lawsuit filed by the baby-turned-adult who appears nude on the cover of Nirvana’s legendary album Nevermind, released in 1991, according to a court document dated Friday, September 2. Los Angeles Judge Fernando Olguin dismissed the suit, including on statute of limitations, according to the document.
At the end of August 2021, a month before the thirtieth anniversary of the release of the album, Spencer Elden, now thirty, had filed a first complaint, followed by a second in January 2022 after a first rejection for other reasons, in saying victim of“commercial exploitation of child pornography images”.
Photographed in 1991 at the age of 4 months, Spencer Elden appears naked in a swimming pool on the cover of Nevermind, eyeing a dollar bill hooked on a fish hook. With legendary titles like Smells Like Teen Spiritthe cult album sold more than 30 million copies, becoming a rock reference.
The plaintiff, who said he never received financial compensation for the photo and assured that his parents had not given permission to use his image in this way, claimed 150,000 dollars in damages from each of the fifteen people he was suing, including former Nirvana members, Kurt Cobain’s executor, Courtney Love, and photographer Kirk Weddle.
In a memorandum responding to the complaint and added to the file, their lawyers contended on the contrary that“Elden has spent three decades enjoying his stardom as the self-proclaimed ‘Baby Nirvana'”. “He remade the photo in exchange for remuneration on numerous occasions; he got the title of the album tattooed Nevermind On the chest (…), he autographed copies of the album cover to sell on eBay and he used this link to try to hit on women”they listed.