Girl on the cover of Vampire Weekend’s Contra sues band

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Creative Loafing updates us that the cute girl on the cover of Vampire Weekend’s Contra is suing the band for more than $2 million in L.A. County Superior Court; needless to say it’s been a litigation-filled summer for the music biz.

Apparently, the band obtained a photographic release for the shot taken in 1983 by the photographer Tod Brody, but Ann Kirsten Kennis (the girl) is claiming forgery. She’s suing the band and Brody for over $2 million claiming it was their responsibility to verify the legitimacy of this allegedly forged release.

More from Brooklyn Vegan:

“Her full name is Ann Kirsten Kennis, though when she was a model she just went by ‘Kirsten.’ She was a ‘high-fashion model under contract with prestigious agencies in New York City’ in the 80’s and early 90’s. Her picture has appeared in clothing, jewelry, cosmetics and automobile ads, and for that she was ‘highly compensated’ and ‘enjoyed numerous assignments’.

She lives in Fairfield, CT, and most interestingly, she claims Tod didn’t even take the picture. Her real last name doesn’t even appear in the contract Vampire Weekend signed when they bought it. The allegedly forged/fake contract is with ‘Kirsten Johnsen’ and signed by ‘Kirsten Johnson’ (yes, the document has the last name spelled two different ways).”

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