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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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Jason    

$2Mil - seems like way too much. She's probably entitled to something though, like $20K for the photo and maybe a section of free tix to their next LA show to make up for the fact they didn't contact her personally. I hadn't realized until reading this and looking that the album went to #1 and Gold. That's pretty amazing for an indie band like them.

1465 days ago
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Kale    

I hope she wins, but I don't think it should be for over 2 million. Your asking for free money doing that. I'm not too big a fan of Vampire Weekend. Speaking of which, I heard that they recently announced a new song entitled "I Wanna be your Boyfriend" When they were asked about it, they said they wanted to do a song with gay undertones.

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