Placebo Cover Kid To Sue Band

The 12-year-old who featured on Placebo's debut album could sue the band for ruining his teenage years after bullies made his life hell.

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The boy who featured on the cover of Placebo's debut album says he might sue the band for ruining his teenage years.

David Fox, a 28-year-old who was 12 at the time, is saving "every spare bit of money" to sue the band, because he says the image led to bullying at school.

The original photo was taken by his cousin, a professional photographer. But when the album became a surprise hit and reached no. 5 in the UK chart, David couldn't escape his own image.

"Within a week it was out in the shops," he told NME. "It was in Virgin, it was in HMV, it was in Tesco, it was all over the place. I was watching EastEnders with my mum and I saw one of the billboards by the Tube station and it had my face on there.

David felt forced to drop out of school because of the bullying. He trained as a chef after school but lost his job during the recession.

The band have refused to comment on the allegations, though on the surface it looks like some of the responsibility should lay with his cousin who took the photograph and presumably sold it to the band, or to a rights company.

Meanwhile, Placebo are set to release a new studio album this year, to follow 2009's "Battle For The Sun".

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    jamie_hough
    He trained as a chef after school but lost his job during the recession.
    ... Explains it all
    PersonaAnima
    If you sue anyone, sue the bullies. The album didn't hurt you, the band didn't hurt you, the bullies hurt you.
    Kriggs
    "Nevermind", "Korn", "Siamese Dream"... Yet the kid from the Placebo album is complaining. Im trying to make a connection here but I cant seem to put my finger on it.
    androovr
    Bullies usually pick on people so that they can feel better about themselves. Hello? David, you were on an album cover for petes sake.. be the better person and don't sue the band!
    Nero Galon
    Gotta feel sorry for the kid getting bullied, its never nice. But as mentioned before, sueing the band will only get you money and more people will have bad things to say about that.
    onetonryan
    Everything that has gone wrong in my life is somebody else's fault...and I deserve reparations!
    BionicRooster
    yoman297 wrote: Kriggs wrote: "Nevermind", "Korn", "Siamese Dream"... Yet the kid from the Placebo album is complaining. Im trying to make a connection here but I cant seem to put my finger on it. What did the kid on the Nevermind cover say? I would think that would be much more embarrassing.
    He is actually quite lax about it, since hes a baby in the photo it doesn't really matter.
    yoman297
    Kriggs wrote: "Nevermind", "Korn", "Siamese Dream"... Yet the kid from the Placebo album is complaining. Im trying to make a connection here but I cant seem to put my finger on it.
    What did the kid on the Nevermind cover say? I would think that would be much more embarrassing.
    pantallica13
    Tell them to **** off... I deal with shithead bullies on a regular basis. Anyway, this guy should have laughed off the album cover.
    nnb
    When I was in grade 3 and 4, I was beat up pretty often, most of the time I ended up crying. Embarrassing? Yes. But, there were usually 4-5 of them and at least 1 (sometimes 2) of them how would always ended up crying to. Was I embraced I got my ass kicked and had to run of crying, for sure. but eventually I looked at in a positive way. Thats what this moron should do, he was on the cover of a very successful album, if his not getting money from the album sales (not sure if his even entailed to anything) blame the record company or the cousin, bands don't sit around taking care of the logistics in contracts.But still he was on a damn cover! did it suck at the time? Most likely none of us here would the the emotional maturity to deal with something like that, but looking back today I would be thinking "fing awesome!" He lost his job and needs money? WELCOME to the club buddy, I fing graduated a year ago and have had a hard time finding any type of work, no luck at all getting work in my field of study maybe I should sue the kids who beat me up as a child? or the school board? At 28 this person should really no better.
    JD2k9
    The guy on the Nirvana cover loves it. He describes himself as 'the world's biggest pornstar' cause so many people have seen his penis.
    jinsu2301
    "Ha, look at that loser, he's on the album cover of a top selling rock band!" seems legit.
    [x]Huffy[x]
    Can you imagine it? "IT'S YOUR FAULT MY FACE LOOKED LIKE THAT, PLACEBO. YOUR FAULT!!"
    danatos
    scrymusic wrote: Look at the picture.. I am still lmao. Placebo isnt that great.. The best thing they did was a cover of Kate Bush Running up that Hill... And she sang back up.
    Placebo is a great band, listen to "Without You I'm Nothing", maybe one of the best rock album of the 90's.
    Zan595
    If you let yourself get bullied because your picture is on an album cover, it's pretty pathetic. Show some backbone, for christ's sake. And why sue the band? They had nothing to do with the "bullying" of this kid.
    purplexing
    I know I'm gona get hate for this, but Placebo wasn't that big. I honestly don't think anyone would have recognized him.
    androovr
    purplexing
    Yeah, I thought that too! And he was 12 at the time? Who gave permission to the band to use the imagine, his parents? Sue good ol' mom & dad..
    Svennz
    Dude, I wish my face was on an album cover from a band like Placebo, lol
    voodoochild23
    I still don't get why they took that picture. What a way to spend an afternoon. This guy is a tool. Kids get bullied in every school, and most of them get stronger and learn to get past it, they don't look for who to blame and whether it will pay out.
    Highelf04
    The dude should stop being such a whiny bitch.... Honestly, it's all because he's lost his job in the recession
    scrymusic
    Look at the picture.. I am still lmao. Placebo isnt that great.. The best thing they did was a cover of Kate Bush Running up that Hill... And she sang back up.
    aldogia
    Hahaha. Wow thats retarded. Its a very obvious ploy to make money. He waited 16 years to decide they ruined his life?? Does prescription apply in the states? In most other countries you have to sue withing 3 years of becoming aware of the incident.
    wildinferno2010
    Why do I picture this guy being like an adult version of Shinji Ikari? Random Fan: Hey weren't you the kid from placebo's first album? (Like that would ever happen) Mind if we get a picture David: I mustn't run away, I mustn't run away I mustn't run away...
    RichieJovie
    So not only does he hate them he'll be even poorer after he chucks all his money away in a pointless law suit. He's looking like the kid in the pic.
    DevilsRedRider
    thats pretty rediculous. he has no reason to be suing this band other than for his own greedy benefits. just goes to show how pathetic people can be.
    joe_holyome
    sounds pretty butt hurt to me. I'd love to of had my photo on a bands album cover
    wspeed6
    PersonaAnima wrote: If you sue anyone, sue the bullies. The album didn't hurt you, the band didn't hurt you, the bullies hurt you.
    This is the smartest thing i've read in a comment section in a long time. Agreed 1,000,000%