The Now-Adult Baby From Nirvana’s ‘Nevermind’ Album Is Suing The Band For Child Pornography

Spencer Elden, who as a baby featured on the cover of Nirvana’s 1991 album Nevermind, is suing Dave Grohl and Krist Novoselic (the surviving members of the band) and Kurt Cobain‘s estate for allegedly violating federal child pornography statutes and child sexual exploitation, TMZ reports.

The lawsuit also names the photographer who took the image, Kirk Weddle, and the labels behind the album’s release.

In the lawsuit, Elden says 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 claims he suffered “lifelong damages” and is also suing for distribution of private sexually explicit materials, negligence, and what’s described as a “sex trafficking venture” where Elden “was forced to engage in commercial sexual acts while under the age of 18 years old.”

“The permanent harm he has proximately suffered includes but is not limited to 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, and other losses to be described and proven at trial of this matter,” the lawsuit states.

Weddle (the photographer) was a friend of Elden’s father, Rick.

“[Weddle] calls us up and was like, ‘Hey Rick, wanna make 200 bucks and throw your kid in the drink,’” Rick told NPR in 2008 regarding the famous album cover image.

“I was like, ‘What’s up?’ And he’s like, ‘Well, I’m shooting kids all this week, why don’t you meet me at the Rose Bowl, throw your kid in the drink?’ And we just had a big party at the pool, and no one had any idea what was going on!”

Elden is seeking damages, attorney fees, a trial by jury and an injunction to prohibit all parties “from continuing to engage in the unlawful acts and practices described herein.”