Spencer Elden Wiki – Spencer Elden Biography
Spencer Elden is suing the band for child sexual exploitation, saying he could not consent to have his image used for the iconic 1991 album.
Elden claims he’s the naked baby famously pictured in a swimming pool on Nirvana’s groundbreaking 1991 album cover, and he’s suing the band, its surviving members and Kurt Cobain’s estate, 30 years after the album dropped.
He is 30 years old.
Nirvana’s surviving members and the estate of Kurt Cobain have been sued by Spencer Elden, who appeared as a baby on the cover of 1991’s Nevermind.
Elden claims the band violated federal child pornography statutes and argues child sexual exploitation, TMZ reports and documents viewed by Pitchfork confirm. Pitchfork has reached out to Nirvana’s representatives for comment.
In a lawsuit that also named photographer Kirk Weddle and the labels behind the album’s release, Elden claims he has suffered “lifelong damages” and says his legal guardians never signed a waiver “authorizing the use of any images of Spencer or of his likeness, and certainly not of commercial child pornography depicting him.”
He’s also suing for distribution of private sexually explicit materials, negligence, and what’s described as a “sex trafficking venture” where Elden “was forced to engage in commercial sexual acts while under the age of 18 years old.”
According to the docs, Elden claims Kurt, Dave Grohl, and the rest of the band failed to protect and prevent him from being sexually exploited. He says having his naked baby body plastered on a famous album caused him to suffer lifelong damages.
Elden’s going after the band, Kurt’s estate and others for damages and he wants them to each cough up at least $150,000.
Spencer Elden Statement
Elden is seeking damages, attorney fees, an injunction to prohibit all parties “from continuing to engage in the unlawful acts and practices described herein,” and a trial by jury.
“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 lawsuit states.