To those who do not know Spencer Elden, he is the baby behind the 1991 album cover of Nirvana’s Nevermind. He had filed a lawsuit against Nirvana for using his naked photo on the album cover as a four-month-old baby in January 2022.
In his original lawsuit filed in August 2021, Elden claimed he couldn’t consent to the photo being a minor and sought $150,000 in damages.
Spencer Elden Loses Lawsuit Over Nirvana’s Nevermind Baby Album Cover
After years of filing lawsuits, the Nirvana Nevermind Baby has lost the case to a US District Judge in Los Angeles.
On September 2, US judge Fernando Olguin dismissed the case noting that it was filed beyond the ten-year statute of limitations. The judge ruled out the case citing Elden ‘waited too long to claim that the band sexually exploited him.’
Due to the recent ruling by judge Olguin, he cannot refile the lawsuit for the fourth time, though he intends to appeal the case.
Previously, in his August 2021 lawsuit against Nirvana, Elden claimed that the image resulted in his ‘loss of enjoyment of life.’ He also argued the decade-long photo caused him emotional distress as his private part was exposed as a baby.
Who Is Spencer Elden?
Spencer Elden is the baby behind Nirvana’s 1991 album cover Nevermind. His iconic album cover featured him swimming naked when he was just four months old. He became recognized after filing a lawsuit against Nirvana for his decade-long image.
He is an American painter and model born in Los Angeles, California, on February 7, 1991. Elden attended the ArtCenter College of Design in California, where he completed his graduation in art.
The 31-years-old model is the son of Rick Elden, an entrepreneur by profession. Spencer’s father, Rick, claimed he had no idea that his son would get slandered by the album cover.
How Much Is His Net Worth?
As of 2022, Spencer Elden has an estimated net worth of $50 thousand. His father, Rick Elden, said in 2008 with NPR that the family received only $200 for Nirvana’s Nevermind album photoshoot, shot by photographer Kirk Weddle. The shot only lasted 15 seconds.
During the 15th anniversary of Nirvana’s Nevermind in 2006, Elden recreated the iconic album cover wearing clothes. This time, he received $1000 to recreate the swimming pose, according to CNN.
In his interview with Time Magazine in 2016 (the album’s 25th anniversary), the artist said he felt like being famous for nothing. So he tried to reach out to the people behind Nirvana, but it remained in vain. He never received any call or email.
What Is He Doing Now?
As of now, he is working as a street artist and in a viral marketing company in Los Angeles. The professional artist has made some great paintings and often shares his work on social media.
He was also involved in a lawsuit against Nirvana in August 2021.
Who Is His Girlfriend?
Currently, Spencer Elden is in a relationship with his girlfriend, Angela Narie Najand. His girlfriend Najand is a wedding planner who graduated from San Diego State University.
The couple prefers to stay away from the limelight residing in Burbank, California.