Cover star of Placebo’s debut album could sue band for disrupting his life

David Fox, 28, blames goth-rockers for bullying at school

The cover star of Placebo‘s debut album could sue the band for using his picture without authorisation, according to reports.

The Times says that David Fox, 28, is using “every spare bit of spare money” he has to file a lawsuit against the goth-rockers as he believes having his photo on the artwork of the band’s self-titled LP ruined his life.

A photo of Fox as a 12-year-old child appears on the album’s front cover, pictured right, which was taken by his cousin, a professional photographer. He now claims that the success of the record, which reached Number Five in the Official UK Album Charts, led to him dropping out of school after he was bullied by his peers.


“Within a week it was out in the shops,” he said. “It was in Virgin, it was in HMV, it was in Tesco, it was all over the place.” He added:

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 trained as a chef after he left school but lost his job during the recession. Placebo, meanwhile, have not commented on the allegations.

Last year, the band’s bassist Stefan Olsdal said that they were planning to start work on a new studio album this year. They released their last LP, ‘Battle For The Sun’, in 2009.