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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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Steve Desrosiers    

Kat's no saint, but, Ami James came across as an a**h***e. I have watched both shows. Kat is dumber than a box of rocks, but, the fact that Miami Ink is no longer on the air tells the final story.

1447 days ago
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Kiki    

I do have to say I did Love Kat and La Ink. To even associate with a Jerk like James I will no longer buy her cosmetics or watch here show. And by the way Kat You are hispanic. So no aria nation or you.

1444 days ago
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Johnny Lunchpale    

it is sad that being Politically correct puts blind folds on us as Americans. I will not even get into it but we all know what certain groups have caused in the world throughout history and some people show these stereo types or traits here and there......

Look at the root of most world problems... the root... not the reaction that gets all the publicity on the media.... the action that caused a reaction.

1441 days ago
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Synagogue Of Satan    

Her dad was a German living in Argentina? A lot of German officers fled to Argentina after world war II.Good for her.Israel did 911, **** all jews.Read THE PROTOCOLS OF THE ELDERS OF ZION!

1385 days ago
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T-Bone    

Actually Kazy dreamer she DID Get Fired Ami Was Sick Of Her moaning About How Crap Miami and The Shop Was And He offended by it so he had a meeting With Nunez and they decided to fire her and i know that because i'm a big fan of the show! SO SUCK ON THAT!

1083 days ago
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