Spencer Elden, the baby chasing the dollar bill on the cover of 1991’s Nevermind, is suing Nirvana.
Elden, who has been described by one Nirvana fan as ‘a complete cock-head,’ is taking the band to court on the grounds that he, being a four-month-old baby, was unable to give his consent for the photo, and therefore gimmie, gimmie, gimmie. According to documents obtained by TMZ, Elden claims Kurt Cobain, Dave Grohl and Krist Novoselic failed to ‘protect and prevent him from being sexually exploited.’ WHAAAAT?
He also claims that appearing nude as a baby on one of the most important albums in the history of rock ‘n’ roll has plagued him his entire life and left him with ‘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.’ Elden claims his legal guardians never signed a release ‘authorizing the use of any images of Spencer or of his likeness, and certainly not of commercial child pornography depicting him.’ He’s also seeking damages for the ‘distribution of private sexually explicit materials, negligence,’ and what’s being described by his lawyers as a ‘sex trafficking venture’ where Elden ‘was forced to engage in commercial sexual acts while under the age of 18 years old.’ The lawsuit also named photographer Kirk Weddle and the labels behind the album’s release. Jesus Christ. I’d pay Nirvana to run one of my baby photos on an album cover. What an idiot. Get a job, dude, and a moral compass while you’re at it.