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Kat Von D -- Next Mel Gibson?

2/8/2008 8:00 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Upon being fired from "Miami Ink" last year, tattoo artist Kat Von D allegedly signed a photograph addressed to her former boss, Ami James, and drew a swastika and a flaming Star of David on it. Subtle, no?

Kat Von D
TMZ has obtained the photograph in question, a headshot of Kat that reads, "Burn in hell Jewbag." No one witnessed Kat write the message, but Chris Garver, another tattoo artist on "Miami Ink," tells TMZ Kat personally handed him the photo.

When Ami, who is Jewish, received the photo, sources tell us he went to TLC and was rebuffed. We're told after Ami had a lawyer intervene, TLC went to a handwriting analyst who concluded "there is a 99% probability that Kat Von D" wrote the message. In early July 2007, Avi's lawyer went to TLC with the analysis. They simply sent him a letter back that acknowledged receiving the results and said, "We trust that this information will be kept strictly confidential."

Kat's spinoff show, "LA Ink," premiered a month later.

When contacted about the photo, Ami told TMZ he wasn't as offended by the photo as he was by the indifference toward it, saying, "What is more devastating to me, and much more shameful is when people ignore something like this for the sake of the money or self-interest. That is the real 'punch in the gut.'"

TLC gave TMZ this statement: "A publicity photo was brought to the network's attention eight months ago that contained extraordinarily offensive language. A full investigation was immediately conducted to determine whether anyone associated with the network was involved. Kat vehemently denied authoring the text and after completing the investigation, it was determined that insufficient evidence existed to conclude that she had. Therefore, no disciplinary action was taken. The network always takes these matters seriously and follows what we believe to be an appropriate course of action as dictated by the circumstances and available information."

Kat's personal publicist issued this statement: "The recent accusation of a publicity photo of me with offensive and anti-semitic comments and graphics allegedly written by me is completely false and unfounded, and clearly a forgery. This was already proven many months ago to be 100 percent untrue. I always have been, and will continue to be an advocate for tolerance of all races, religions and ways of life."
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GGW Fan    

I freakin love this chick, she is so hot!!!

2267 days ago
17.

racer    

Why should we care? She's just another no talent slut. i can find 100's of them on Hllywd Blvd. So she's racist? A lot of people are. no one cares. Stop reporting on these reality show losers. they are the most pathetic dregs of our society, willing to do anything to get on TV for a few minutes. its really sad and you are enablers... cheers

2267 days ago
18.

Lindalouwho    

Sounds like a setup, and totally out of context.

Come on!!!

2267 days ago
19.

Strong Badia    

Jewbag?? is that anything like an anal johnson? or am i thinkin dirty sanchez?

2267 days ago
20.

They're sluts    

I bet she did it. Hell, she cheated on her busband. And now Orbi has kicked her to the curb...

2267 days ago
21.

bill m.    

I would think a tatoo artist would know that the swatstika on the photograph is backwards.

2267 days ago
22.

OMG!    

I agree with #9...it's fake!

2267 days ago
23.

Charlie Mack ( 1st outta the Limo )    

I can't believe this coke whore is newsworthy enough to be on TMZ in the first place. After her show gets cancelled, the only thing she is going to be getting is more STD's from hollywood c listers like Steve O. Her tattoos are pretty bad too.

2267 days ago
24.

Maria    

Shame on her if she did do this! She's Hispanic and she's being a racist? What in the ?? Irregardless if she is or isnt Hispanic, she shouldnt have done that. Isn't she pregnant? I think she is. She's like 6mos.

2267 days ago
25.

lisa    

If you go to her website and click on artists, the first picture on the right hand side is signed by her. It's very obvious that the two signatures were done by two different people. I think this is just a slow news day for TMZ...

2267 days ago
26.

aussiejem    

that's crazy!! i can't believe she would write something like that, but then i guess you never know where anti-semitism is hiding, it can be really surprising. i really hope it wasn't her and she's telling the truth.

2267 days ago
27.

Party 'till you die!    

I used to think she was sort of cute in a wild, exotic, nasty girl sort of way, but now she is just NASTY on both the inside and outside! She is also a major league drunk/druggie and will probably ruin her looks, business, and tv show because of it! And if she somehow manages to live for 20 years longer ( a BIG IF!!!), she will look like a tattooed circus freak ! I don't mind some tats on certain girls, but she is really starting to look to look like a hag! Now she will be the new princess for tattooed, dirtbag, nazi losers! Oh wait, she has Mexican heritage, maybe they'll hate her too!

2267 days ago
28.

judi    

W H A T E V E R !!!! JUST BECAUSE SHE IS SUCCESSFUL...MIAMI INK GUYS SUCK ANYWAYS...JERKS!!!

2267 days ago
29.

scarlett    

Why was she fired? I thought she was the hit of the show?

2267 days ago
30.

April Fouels    

HIGH INTELLIGENCE, THE SWASTIKA IS BACKWARDS, HOPE SHE TATTOO'S BETTER THAN THAT....

2267 days ago
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