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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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don't you think a tattoo artist could draw better than that?! not buyin it

2356 days ago


i Never liked Ami......he is MEAN and RUDE....
and that has nothing to do with wether he is jewish or not...
he thinks he is better than...and treats his employees like pure crap!!!!!
i love Kat..and her new show....its WAY better than Miami Ink
Ami is a good artist....but he needs to take his head out of his ass!!!!!!

2356 days ago


She awesome anyways! So what?

2356 days ago


SCREW AMI!!! He's just jealous that she's a bigger success than him now. Kat's one of the most talented tattoo artists and wouldn't stoop that low to even acknowledge that jerk@ss Ami. People calling her "no talent" are just as jealous or stupid as Ami. You people obviously have no eye for art. I know Kat reads this, so KAT...SCREW THE HATERS, you know you have true fans who love you and will continue to support you through out the rumors! ~Kat Fan~

2356 days ago


I've seen Kat's flame work. It would be very sad if she did this because it would mean her artwork is going downhill bigtime. However I have seen Ami's and that looks about right! I am not really sure anyone really cares, looks like a highschool lovers quarrel to me. But guess what guys, we are feeding right in and giving whoever did this what they what PUBLICITY!!!!

2356 days ago


re: Rat
Waaa, waaaaaa and waaaaaaaaaa

2356 days ago


i dont think she wrote it. she's a minority herself! plus, she's making it big right now i dont think she'd do anything to screw that up.

2356 days ago


Who cares ? ,, I do believe she did it but really so what !she was pissed off and venting

2356 days ago


I never watched before, but I will watch now!!! I am writing to TLC to let them know how much I love the show.

2356 days ago


what exactly is a "Jew Bag" Is it a yenta money purse? Why Kat you are so talented in your tattoo craft. Life it way to short to hold hatred and bigotry inside it!
If you did send this and it was a joke it's not funny- not at all!

2356 days ago


I've watched her show. IT'S STUPID. She's retarded.
She acts like she's 12 years old. Miami Ink is well rid of her. She sucked on it.
I love the guys on Miami Ink.

2356 days ago


Re: Wow too
You have that so right!!!!!

2356 days ago


As if she didn't write that.

Her show is too painful to watch. Her vapid personality combined with her slovenly tattoo skills are too much (she doesn't even put bags on her tattoo machines; it's comparable to having unprotected sex with every client, because there's no way you can autoclave your entire machine).

Kat in person and in real life disgusts me, and this only solidifies my strong dislike for her.

2356 days ago


just a smear campaine from miami inc. what are they a bunch of girls? their just pissed because she has more viewers then them. toughen up. miami inc is acting like a bunch of b*****. don't be haten on her. this makes miami inc look bad. i can tell ya i have watched both shows and i like hers better and it is not because im a man. i think that was a set up your gonna trust a ratt from a place that fired her. sounds like a set up to make her look bad. whats next try to knock her talent! oh thats right, thats impossable so they went this route.grow up miami inc.! does not look good for you.ratttt.

2356 days ago


kat von d kicks ass !

2356 days ago
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