Spencer Elden, now 30, is suing Kurt Cobain’s estate over the image he used of him on their 1991 album ‘Nevermind’, alleging child pornography and sexual exploitation .
The August 24 lawsuit was posted online by Pitchfork and alleges that neither he nor his legal guardians consented to the image or “any image of Spencer or his likeness.”
The image shows a fourth month old Elden in a swimming pool with his genitals exposed grabbing a dollar bill.
The lawsuit alleged that Cobain agreed to edit the image, covering his genitals with a sticker that read: “If this offends you, you must be a closet pedophile.”
The lawsuit further alleges that Cobain chose the image of him reaching for a dollar bill “as a sex worker”. He also mentions the image’s photographer, Kirk Weddle, and a quote he made in TIME magazine: “[i]It was a great concept: a baby underwater, unable to breathe, looking for money on a hook.
He further claims that Weddle’s child pornography has become the image associated with Nirvana.
“Spencer’s true identity and legal name are forever linked to the commercial sexual exploitation he suffered as a minor which has been distributed and sold around the world from his childhood to the present day,” alleges the trial.
He continues: “Spencer has suffered and will continue to suffer bodily harm as a result of the distribution and possession of child pornography depicting him by 3 people, including the defendants.
“The permanent harm he suffered immediately 4 includes, but is not limited to, extreme and permanent emotional distress with 5 physical manifestations, interference with his normal development and academic progress 6, loss of ability to lifetime gain, lost past and future wages, 7 past and future expenses for medical and psychological treatment, loss of enjoyment of life and other losses to be described and proven at trial in this case. ”
Elden seeks $ 150,000 from 15 defendants, or damages to be determined at trial.
Nevermind was released in 1991 and has sold over 30 million copies worldwide.
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This notice was published: 2021-08-25 09:14:55