The man featured on the cover of Placebo‘s self-titled debut album is planning to sue the band for using the pic without his authorisation – and for the events which have taken place after it.
News.com.au reports that 28-year-old unemployed chef David Fox told UK paper The Times that the picture of him (as a 12-year-old) being used on the hit album severely disrupted his life.
The image of Fox in a red jumper tugging at his cheeks was taken by his cousin, who was a professional photographer.
He later phoned to tell Fox that the picture was becoming the album’s cover image.
Placebo’s self-titled debut album was a huge success, and Fox says being on the cover of the popular album led to him being severely teased and bullied by his peers – and forced him to drop out of school.
“Within a week it was out in the shops”, said Fox.
“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.”
Fox said he is using his mother’s savings and “every bit of spare money” he has to file a lawsuit next month.