Vampire Weekend Responds to 'Contra' Lawsuit

Ezra Koenig and Chris Tomson of Vampire Weekend glisten beneath the chandeliers above them as they perform at O2 Academy in Birmingham, England, on Feb. 10.

Vampire Weekend has issued a statement in response to a lawsuit filed by "Contra" cover model Kirsten Kennis, who is seeking $2 million for unauthorized use of her image on the album cover.

The indie rock band's label, XL Recordings, sent the statement on its behalf, saying, "As is standard practice, Vampire Weekend and XL Recordings licensed the rights to use the photo on the cover of 'Contra' pursuant to a license agreement that contains representations and warranties authorizing this use of the photo."

"Now that a lawsuit has been filed, we look forward to having the matter resolved in court," continues the statement. "We will be filing our response after we have had an opportunity to review the allegations. Consistent with our practice, we will not be commenting further about the pending litigation at this time."

In an interview with NME, Vampire Weekend frontman Ezra Koening spoke reluctantly about the lawsuit and said the band wouldn't be commenting extensively on it in the near future. "There's so many things we could say about it but given we have no experience of it we're just keeping conversations to a journal for now, which is a little frustrating," Koenig said. "I imagine in the next few months there'll be plenty to talk about. Given it's our first time we just want to do it properly."

Kennis' lawsuit -- which names Vampire Weekend, XL and photographer Tod Brody as the defendants -- alleges that she never approved the use of her image for "Contra," which was taken in 1983 when she was a model. Kennis also says did not take the photo and that it was a snapshot taken by her mother, a claim that Brody told EW was "blatantly false."


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