The baby from Nevermind’s cover is suing Nirvana on serious charges
In 1991, Nirvana released seminal album Nevermind with the striking cover image of a baby swimming. Now, thirty years later, that baby has grown into a man who says he’s been left traumatised and wants recompense.
He’s actually taking this to very serious levels: he’s suing the surviving members of Nirvana, plus the estate of Kurt Cobain, photographer Kirk Weddle, designer Robert Fisher and the record labels. He’s claiming they broke federal child pornography statues and caused him lifelong damages, because of “commercial child sexual exploitation of him from while he was a minor to the present day” and they “failed to take reasonable steps to protect Spencer and prevent his widespread sexual exploitation and image trafficking”.
As you might imagine, this all stems from the image showing a completely naked baby swimming, and the lawsuit has taken that nudity and turned it up to eleven: “Neither Spencer nor his legal guardians ever signed a release authorizing the use of any images of Spencer or of his likeness,” the lawsuit says, “and certainly not of commercial child pornography depicting him.”
None of the defendants have publicly commented.
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