A California judge has rejected a lawsuit launched by the man who was the naked baby on Nirvana’s ‘Nevermind’ album cover, who had alleged it was “child pornography.” The band had dismissed the claim as “not serious.”
The lawsuit was launched last year by Spencer Elden, now 30, who accused the band of sexual exploitation and argued that the cover art constituted child sexual abuse. In his legal filing, he argued he’d suffered loss of wages and “enjoyment of life” due to the use of the photograph, saying it had caused him “extreme and permanent emotional distress.”
Nirvana responded to the allegations last month by filing a request in court to dismiss the lawsuit, arguing that Elden’s allegations lacked merit.
“Elden’s claim that the photograph on the ‘Nevermind’ album cover is ‘child pornography’ is, on its face, not serious,” Nirvana’s lawyers said, alleging that he had previously appeared to enjoy being known as the “Nirvana baby.”