As previously reported, Spencer Elden, the man who appeared on the cover art for Nirvana’s “Nevermind” as a baby, recently filed a lawsuit against the surviving members of the band, the estate of the late Kurt Cobain, photographer Kirk Weddle, etc. due to child sexual exploitation and violations of federal child pornography statutes. Now, Rolling Stone are reporting that the suit has been amended.
The amended suit, which no longer lists ex-drummer Chad Channing, Warner Music, Heather Parry, Guy Oseary as defendants, still alleges that the photo was meant to “trigger a visceral sexual response from the viewer.” It went on to say that Weddle also took other photos of Spencer, including ones which found him dressed as late Playboy founder Hugh Hefner. Some of Cobain‘s personal journals have since been cited as well:
“Undated journals written by Cobain sketch the album cover in a sexual manner, with semen all over it. In several instances, the journals describe Cobain’s twisted vision for the Nevermind album cover, along with his emotional struggles: ‘I like to make incisions into the belly of infants then fuck the incision until the child dies.’”
Elden is still claiming that the photo has caused “extreme and permanent emotional distress” and that his guardians never authorized its use. He is currently seeking at least $150,000 from each defendant.
This news comes after Elden‘s lawyer Maggie Mabie demanded to have Universal remove his genitalia from all future releases of the album. However, the 30th anniversary edition of the record was still released with the cover intact.