BABY FROM NIRVANA ALBUM COVER SUES BAND, OTHERS FOR SEXUAL EXPLOITATION AS AN ADULT
So how do you spell frivolous lawsuit? Well, a number of ways, actually. It changes all the time. It really depends on the latest example that goes beyond the pale, wasting the courts’ resources and time. And the way you spell frivolous lawsuit this week is with the name, Spencer Elden. Spencer is the man who, as a baby, graced the cover of Nirvana’s album, Nevermind. That, of course, goes all the way back to the year 1991, when the album hit like a supersonic hammer, in many ways redefining rock music. But now, Spencer is suing the band Nirvana, Kurt Cobain’s estate, the photographer Kirk Weddle, Universal Music, Geffen Records, Warner Records and MCA Music. And for what? Why, sexual exploitation, of course.
LAWSUIT AGAINST NIRVANA LOOKS TO BE AS FRIVOLOUS AS A LAWSUIT CAN GET
Well, not of course. That’s why I and any reasonable person would think this is totally frivolous. One might even say it’s an opportunistic money grab from a 30-year-old who has an aggressive lawyer looking for a payday. As you can see, the picture is of Elden as a baby, seemingly swimming after a dollar bill stuck through with a fish hook. It was a seminal album, and the album cover reflected the unique flavor of the music inside. But now, Elden is suing Nirvana and everyone else, saying the picture exploited him as a child and is pornographic. The suit also says Nirvana “knowingly” distributed the naked baby and made money from it.
MAN CLAIMS PARENTS NEVER RELEASED PIC, GOT PAID AND HE SUFFERED DEVELOPMENTALLY
Doesn’t that sound frivolous? In whose mind besides a deranged predator would see that picture as sexual? Certainly not any of the Italian masters who painted cupids and the like. Supposedly, there was supposed to be a sticker covering the baby image’s genitals but that never happened. And also supposedly, Elden’s parents never signed a release for the picture’s use, and never got paid for it. Elden says the Nirvana album cover has caused him emotional distress and impacted his emotional and educational development. There’s no word from Elden’s camp if his penis looks exactly the same today.
The lawsuit seeks $150,000 in damages and compensation from each of the named defendants.