Spencer Elden, the 30-year-old man who made the cover of Nirvana’s no matter album on a photo taken when he was four months old, changed his lawsuit against the group, dropping a handful of defendants while highlighting disturbing entries in Kurt Cobain’s diary in an attempt to bolster his case of child pornography and sexual exploitation.
The plaintiff also alleges that Kirk Weddle, the photographer who captured a naked Elden in a puddle for the no matter blanket art, alternately dressed the baby to have the appearance of Playboy founder Hugh Hefner around the same time.
Elden’s case is premised on the idea that the artwork from the historic 1991 release was meant to be overtly sexual in nature, for which he charges a minimum of $ 150,000 from each accused for “extreme emotional distress and permanent ”, among other reasons.
The latest court record indicates (via Rolling Stone) that Weddle intended to “elicit a visceral sexual response from the viewer” and triggered “Spencer’s” gag reflex “before throwing him underwater in poses featuring evidence and highlighting Spencer’s exposed genitals “. It is also alleged that “Weddle soon after produced photographs of Spencer disguised and portrayed as Hugh Hefner”.
Excerpts from Cobain’s personal diaries, which were published in 2002, were also mentioned in the amended lawsuit.
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“Undated diaries written by Cobain sketch the album cover in a sexual way, with semen all over the place. In several instances, the diaries describe Cobain’s twisted view of the no matter album cover, as well as his emotional struggles: ‘I like to make incisions in the wombs of infants, then kiss the incision until the child dies.’ ” new folder.
The lawsuit no longer names former Nirvana drummer Chad Channing, Warner Music, Heather Parry and Guy Oseary (previously listed as managers of the Cobain estate) as defendants.
Various entertainment lawyers have previously weighed in on the merits of Elden’s case, and while some aspects of the lawsuit were considered valid, one of them noted that the story of Elden’s form of recreating the cover photo to celebrate the birthdays of no matter can be an obstacle to obtaining the verdict he seeks.
If the cover should be changed, Dave Grohl has “lots of ideas” for a replacement. The recently released 30th anniversary edition of no matter preserved the original art. Grohl threw a blow at Elden in an interview last month: “Look, he’s got a no matter tattoo, I don’t, ”he said.