World-famous ‘Nirvana’ baby demanded a million in compensation: Now judgment has been handed down


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Spencer Elden, who in 1991 graced the cover of the iconic album ‘Nevermind’, has on Monday been denied the lawsuit he filed this fall against the people behind the former rock band Nirvana.

The now 30-year-old Spencer Elden was only four months old when he was hired as a naked baby model, and in his lawsuit he accuses the Nirvana people, among others, of producing ‘commercial child pornography’.

Spencer Elden also believes that due to the album cover, he has since had to fight with physical and mental injuries, but a judge in California has on Monday handed down a verdict – and rejected the case, writes Variety.

The 1991 Nirvana album 'Nevermind'.

The 1991 Nirvana album ‘Nevermind’.
Photo: album cover

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The accused parties, including former Nirvana band members Dave Grohl and Krist Novoselic as well as former lead singer Kurt Cobain’s widow Courtney Love, had previously denied all charges.

They hit back at the fact that Spencer Elden, on the other hand, should have exploited his status as the world-famous ‘Nirvana baby’ – and in addition added that the case is outdated.

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In 2016, in connection with the ‘Nevermind’ album’s 25th anniversary, Spencer Elden said yes to making a new edition of the cover image for The New York Post.

“It’s cool, but also weird to be a part of something as important as I can not remember,” said Spencer Elden at the time, who was even willing to be photographed naked to recreate the album cover exactly as it was. .

The California judge who dismissed Spencer Elden’s case reasoned that he had exceeded the deadline for submitting his objections after the Nirvana people asked for the case to be dismissed.

Spencer Elden, who in 1991 allegedly should have received approximately 1,600 kroner for the model work, has now been given a new deadline to file an appeal against the decision.

If he does not report back before January 13, the judge will consider the case closed.

Spencer Elden had initially demanded at least 150,000 dollars – almost a million kroner – in compensation.

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