Contra-versy: Cover Model Sues Vampire Weekend for $2 Million

<i>Contra</i>-versy: Cover Model Sues Vampire Weekend for $2 Million
Now that half a year separates us from the January release of Vampire Weekend's Contra, it's been a while since we heard anything from the band. However, the record itself has now sparked controversy, as the album's cover star, Kirsten Kennis, is suing the band for $2 million, claiming she never gave Vampire Weekend nor the photographer who signed its release license to use it.

As TMZ reports, Kennis is claiming that she never allowed use of the picture, contending that it must have been an impostor who signed the forms allowing the band to use the image.

In her lawsuit, which she filed yesterday (July 14) in L.A. County Superior Court, Kennis noted that the problem stems from a fraudulent "photographic release" given to the band by the photographer, Tod Brody. Kennis has called the signature on the release a forgery, and is now suing both Brody and Vampire Weekend.

In related Vampire Weekend news, keyboardist/producer Rostam Batmanglij recently penned a track with Best Coast and Kid Cudi for Converse, and the band will kick off a North American tour with Beach House and Dum Dum Girls this fall. All the dates are here.