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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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Michigander08    

O.K... I am guessing Omni is a little pissed off that Kat got a show and therefore is "HOPING" what happend to Dwayne "The Dog" Chapman (Dog the Bounty Hunter) after he made a racial slur he lost his show and was never heard from again...will in turn..happen to his competition...

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Sbmt2no1    

Who is she?? Obviously, not an educated racist. It's also against Talmudic law to evidence glee at someone's demise. So I've not much to say about this nobody. People should remember that Jesus was a Jew and if he were here today he wouldn't be a Christain. He'd be a Jew. Let's also recall that the Jews did not kill Jesus. So, kiddies, if your ignorant Pastor is teaching you that remember that without Judaism there could be no Christianity. Period. Oh, and lastly, it's the uneducated arabs responsible for all the wars waging on this planet today. Maybe she should move to Saudi Arabia where they hate Jews too? But, they'd make her wear a burka and stone her to death for her whorish ways. Seems a fitting end to this nobody's life.

2262 days ago
33.

tired of cry baby    

what's the big deal? she act's like trash she looks like trash, she treats people like trash, so is this a surprise? and did the world stop? did people die ? it was a classless act by a classless person, nothing more, p.c. police please stay home!!

2262 days ago
34.

Alanna    

Chris said that to you guys? Really? Because he's a good friend of Kat's. And I've seen her handwriting and it looks nothing like that.

2262 days ago
35.

BEAN    

Orbi dumped her??????

2262 days ago
36.

judi    

ORBI DID NOT DUMP HER................

2262 days ago
37.

bigjew    

She was just joking....who cares anyway...WHERE'S BRIT!!!!

2262 days ago
38.

AB    

Shame on her for being an immature sore loser. It's sad when thats all she has to say after potentially hurting Ami's business and just being a fool. Bigger shame on TLC for not doing anything about it. The only way to end intolerance is to take action against those who practice it.

2262 days ago
39.

Phish    

eh..no big whoop, millions of radio shows say "jewbag" all the time..is it really even considered offensive? doesn't even make sense..jew-bag? a bag of jews? if anything thats a compliment, hes more jew then one body can handle, so he has to be a BA G of them. Even if she did do this, she did it RIGHT after she got fired, who hasn't said horrible things about their boss after they fired him?

2262 days ago
40.

Sam    

Personally I don't see what the problem is with what she said. It is called freedom of speech, and it is funny. I never heard of this chick, but I think she's cool now and will start watching the show.

2262 days ago
41.

craphound    

She denies it , thats good enough for me , move on to the next contrived crap TMZ

2262 days ago
42.

Hmmmmm    

With a family of German descent - from Argentina, no less - this wouldn't be much of a surprise if it's true. The German population in Argentina isn't particularly Jew-friendly; in fact, that's where a lot of Nazis ended up fleeing to after the war. Not calling Kat von D or her family Nazis...I'm just sayin'...

And BTW, lots of (mostly younger, non-Orthodox) Jewish people have tats. There's a biblical argument for not getting them, but it mostly became custom, especially after so many European Jews were forcibly tattooed during the Holocaust.

2262 days ago
43.

FABIO    

I think that she is GERMAN or DUTCH, not HISPANIC...

2262 days ago
44.

Chris    

That is so not the Kat that did my tatoo! I spoke with her for hours and she was the kindest person with love for all types. I honestly don't believe she would do something like that!

2262 days ago
45.

Tim    

Isn't the swastika a peace sign when it's that way?

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