Updated, Jan. 4, 2022: Judge Fernando M. Olguin has dismissed Spencer Elden's lawsuit against Nirvana and related parties over the artwork for the band's 1992 Nevermind album. Elden, who was featured on the record cover as a naked 4-month-old baby, missed the deadline of Dec. 30, 2021 to oppose the defendants' motion to dismiss. As a result, Olguin dismissed the case on Jan. 3.
The cover for Nevermind, a 1991 Nirvana album that is said to have helped redefine rock music, features a naked 4-month-old baby in a pool, appearing to swim after a dollar bill that's pierced with a fish hook.
That baby—the now 30-year-old Spencer Elden—is suing Nirvana for child exploitation and pornography, saying the band knowingly distributed the naked photo of Elden as a baby and profited from it.
He's asking for $150,000 in damages from each of the defendants, which include members of the band, Kurt Cobain's estate, photographer Kirk Weddle, Universal Music, Geffen Records, Warner Records and MCA Music.