Nirvana Seek New Dismissal In Nevermind Cover Baby Lawsuit

Bruce Henne | 02-02-2022

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Nirvana Nevermind Cover art
Nevermind Cover art

(hennemusic) Nirvana are seeking the dismissal of an amended lawsuit against the band brought by the man who was photographed for the cover of their 1991 album, "Nevermind."

According to Rolling Stone, lawyers for the group filed a new motion in a federal court in Los Angeles requesting that Spencer Elden's second amended complaint - filed January 12 - should be dismissed with prejudice, meaning he wouldn't be allowed to pursue further legal action on the same grounds.

Elden claims that the band - as well Kurt Cobain's estate, photographer Kurt Weddle, and various record labels - "intentionally commercially marketed the child pornography depicting Spencer and leveraged the lascivious nature of his image to promote the Nevermind album, the band, and Nirvana's music, while earning, at a minimum, tens of millions of dollars in the aggregate."

US Federal child pornography law has a 10-year statute that begins when a victim "reasonably discovers" the violation itself or the harm caused by it.

In their new dismissal motion, Nirvana's lawyers said Elden's second amended complaint failed to "identify any new victimization" that Elden "reasonably discovered for the first time after August 2011."

"The time has run," the new filing states. "Elden's decision to not sue these defendants for the past 30 years, despite his decades-long knowledge of their same and unvaried conduct, is dispositive of his claim. It is as simple as that."

In addition to noting that Elden had embraced the image by "re-enacting the photograph in exchange for a fee" multiple times, Nirvana's previous legal response also indicated that he has the name of the album tattooed on his chest. Watch the "Lithium" video here.

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