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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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556.

Erica    

This situation sounds like a hate hoax crime!

2405 days ago
557.

Erica    

Google: Claremont college Hate crime or Professor Kerri Dunn
On march 9 2004, this jewish professor was giving a lecture and when she came out her car was vandalized with heinous antisemetic slurs - causing an uproar and tremendous sympathy for Ms, Dunn. Two witnesses came forth who 100% saw the culprit. - Professor Kerri Dunn. She admitted to doing it herself under oath and is currently serving time.

There are too many hoax's being used as a sympathy ploy. In addition it helps ratings.
This situaion fits all of the criteria set forth for hoax hate crimes. Sorry, I am not racist but I do not believe in crucifying someone with tainted evidence.

2405 days ago
558.

inklover    

Hook her up to a lie detector!! She won't even consider doing it cause she knows she will get caught! Kat Von D = Don Imus

2405 days ago
559.

Nightowl    

Kat needs to go on that show where she would be hooked up to a lie detector so everyone can see what a liar she really is. She knows she wrote it. Anyone can try to disguise their writing so that's B.S about it not being her writing. I also wanted to to address some of the comments made where people have said that shes not racist just beacuse shes part hispanic or some crap. Just because shes bi-racial does not mean that she is not racist!! Open your mind people. Wouldn't you lie if your show was on the line??

2403 days ago
560.

Nightowl    

How sick is it that an ethnic woman who surely felt prejudice in her life could turn around and inflict the same hate on someone else?? What the hell is wrong with that stupid b****?

2403 days ago
561.

Nightowl    

I'm with comment # 562. Hook her up and cancel her show if shes lying!!!

2403 days ago
562.

Nightowl    

Kat is a phony poser! I've met her in person and shes extremely stuck up. She acted like she was too good to speak to fans off camera. Ami on the other hand, took a picture with my kids and I without hesitation. Everyone needs to remember that TLC edits every single piece of footage which is shot and wants viewers to see specific characters in certain ways. They need to label characters to make the show. It is but isn't "reality T.V" and many people are too stupid to realize that!

2402 days ago
563.

TaT2 U    

What a bunch of BS. who cares wether she did or not. its just another corporate witch hunt, and you all fell prey because you really do all care about Kat Von D. she may not be the best, may not be the smartest, but guess what...she must be smarter than most of you, cause her name is everywhere, everyone knows who she is, shes banking, and TLC loves her.

she made miami ink what it was, and did so well, she got her own show. she cant do any wrong. so wether she did or did not, remains. I say WHO CARES...you give her more power and attention than you want her to have....you are all guilty.

me, personally, i respect her. i dont think this is such a big deal because i think Ami is alittle full of himself anyways. hes a poser. got his ass kicked by some NYC hardcore fellas a few years back. i mean KICKED. but on tv hes so cool with his muy thai. he didnt seem that cool running away from the fight up in NY. he might be jealou cause shes got more balls than he does. or maybe hes jealous cause she took the spotlight away from what was never on him.

2400 days ago
564.

mylzini    

As usual, we're not getting the whole picture. It's hard to believe that everybody is THIS gullible in believing that she would do anything of this nature. She's always been for all kinds of cultures, sexualities, philosophies, etc. She's not even a spiteful kind of person. But everyone who's jumping on her (for this fraudulent marking) just wants the chance to vent at something.....at someone. They probably don't even watch her show.

2341 days ago
565.

Letty    

I think Ami is just lying he has being jealous of Kat since day one he use to pick on her all the time for no reason and now that she is doing good he wants to bring her down but it aint going to happen , I met her she is the nicest person you will ever meet that's sad that people just live for jealousy .

2393 days ago
566.

Rouby    

Thanks for the great info...

2390 days ago
567.

kaye    

i believe kat DID write the the autograph her grandparents where nazi war criiminals anyway kat gave the photo to chris garver herself and garver then gave it to ami, do you think garver would lie! no it's very unlikely garver would do that lets face it she has the family backround enough to prove she would do this her family fled germany in 1940's to escape the nurenberg trial's!!!!!! she is what she is ...a child of nazi war criminals.
anyway i now see why her and ami may have hated each other ,her family where very much in the forefront of murdering his family.
anyway anti-semitism is quite popular in L.A isnt it?
those of you whining about how 'innocent' she is are full of BS.

2390 days ago
568.

I don't believe in sky genies    

Of course she wrote it. Her lawyers have positioned themselves with the defensive story that you can't prove Kat wrote it rather than the offensive story that you are making this up.

That said this does not make her an antisemitic Nazi. It is more at the level of pathetic idiot dumb enough to think she is smarter than everyone else trying to make a joke out of burning her bridges.

In other words she is to dumb to know what those symbols actually mean to the Jews. She simply sees them as insults.

2384 days ago
569.

tattooboy    

guys, kat is the best, wheather she wrote it or not, im still her biggest fan and im lookin forward to bcome a tattoo artist just as good as her, or even better if possible..anyways i dont give a s**t what is said abt her, ur the best kat

1493 days ago
570.

reeblite    

you're saying handwriting analyst is wrong? that's like saying 99% dna is wrong. i'm going witht he analyst here, it's her picture, her handwriting and she's stupid. never thought it would be an issue. dumb chick, jessie's going to stomp all over this one too. sad. lost all respect for her for now keeping this low profile for awhile. too eager to replace sandra.

1474 days ago
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