When Vampire Models Sue

Vampire Weekend Contra Cover Photo

Vampire Weekend Contra Cover Photo

Just read over at Pitchfork that the spaced out looking woman on the cover of Vampire Weekends last album titled Contra is claiming that the signature on the model release was forged and not hers.

Pitchfork’s Ryan Dombal asked Vampire Weekend‘s Ezra Koenig who the girl on the cover of Contra was last October, when Koenig said, “I don’t want to give away all the details about the photo just yet, but I learned that she’s now living in Malibu.”

Fast forward to yesterday, when we first learn the woman’s name is Kirsten Kennis (KK), and she is suing the band and the photog who snapped the shot for over $2 million big ones through a lawsuit filed in L.A. County Superior Court Wednesday, according to a TMZ report. Talk about a bad Wednesday.

The intrigue doesn’t stop there. There appears to be a signed model release form clearing the shot for commercial use but Kennis stated in the lawsuit that the signature on the release was not hers.  Sounds like a juicy story but a huge headache for everyone involved. Moral of the story. Always get the model releases signed before the shoot and take a photo of the model as they sign it. It could save you 2 million dollars one day.

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