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Vampire Weekend -- Cover Model Has Image Issues

7/15/2010 1:20 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Vampire Weekend is being sued for more than $2 million by the hot chick pictured on the cover of their newest album -- because she says an impostor put her John Hancock on the consent form.

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The model is Kirsten Kennis -- who claims she took the original photo way back in 1983 -- and had no idea it was being featured on the album "Contra" ... until after the band began to promote it back in November.

In a lawsuit, filed yesterday in L.A. County Superior Court, Kennis claims she thinks it all has to do with a "photographic release" that the band obtained from a photographer named Tod Brody.

Problem is, Kennis claims the signature on the release is a forgery. Kennis blames the band for not verifying the legitimacy of the release -- and is suing VW and the photog for more than $2 mil.

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awards    

Wasn't she the bloody beauty in Carrie?

1470 days ago
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megan    

Oh for crying out loud, who cares? I would be flattered if a very popular band found a 27 year old picture of me and found it flattering and relevant enough to use as their album artwork.

1470 days ago
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jess    

She's probably just bull ****ting it to get cash. Greedy.

1470 days ago
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B    

she just want their money tsc tsc

1470 days ago
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BJohn    

She shouldn't be suing VW, because they didn't know. Go for the guy who passed it off as real.

1470 days ago
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rafael T    

1983. That makes sense. She looks way hotter than many of the young things today. I'd say more natural and healthier, too!

1470 days ago
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cindy    

Never even heard of the band

1470 days ago
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JOe    

never heard of the band? idiot

1470 days ago
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Radiohead333    

this lawsuit suggests theft.

1470 days ago
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Bombauer    

I'm sure they'll just settle for the going rate for an album cover model, and VW will get their money back from the guy that sold it to them without the right. There, done. I should be a judge.

1470 days ago
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CriticAl    

They should reissue the record with a mustache and a black eye drawn on her. Maybe one of her teeth blacked out.

1470 days ago
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Kev    

yeah this is all bs. she just wants money. they shouldnt be sueing vw anyways

1470 days ago
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jeff    

And how exactly is the band at fault if the photographer forged her signature??? Oh that's right, the band has lots of money so they have to pay up...what a joke. She has a case against the photographer, but not VW...and for $2 million?!? No way.

1470 days ago
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Rebecah Jacobs    

It's not Vampire Weekend's doing, the one who forged the signature is at fault. And Ezra (The lead singer) is a hottie, so let them off the hook!

1470 days ago
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jpb    

cindy is about to sue John for calling her idiot. I foresee $1 million.

1470 days ago
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