Nirvana Baby Refiles Lawsuit


The Nirvana baby isn’t giving up.

Spencer Elden, who appeared as a naked baby on the cover of Nirvana’s 1991 album Nevermind, filed a revised complaint on Wednesday.

Earlier this month, a judge dismissed the lawsuit Elden filed last August alleging that the band exploited him. He sought at least $150,000 U.S. each from Dave Grohl and Krist Novoselic as well as Courtney Love, the executor of Cobain’s estate.

Judge Fernando M. Olguin  of U.S. District Court in Central California dismissed the case “with leave to amend” after Elden’s lawyers missed a Dec. 30 deadline to file a rebuttal to the motion to dismiss.

The amended filing removes allegations of sex trafficking.

Elden was only four months old when his father Rick put him naked into the pool at the Rose Bowl Aquatic Center for photographer Kirk Weddle, who is also a defendant in the lawsuit. Too young to swim, Elden managed to tread water long enough for the picture to be snapped. His parents collected $200 U.S.for the use of his image.

As an adult, he has recreated the image at least four times. To mark the album’s 25th anniversary in 2016, he posed for photographer John Chapple, who told at the time that Elden offered to go nude. “I didn’t know any publication that would use pictures of his junk,” said Chapple.

Elden has the album title tattooed on his chest.

“Listen, he’s got a Nevermind tattoo,” Grohl told Vulture. “I don’t.”

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