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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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61.

every one has visited paris once in there life    

....................................NICE KITTY............................

2259 days ago
62.

EWW    

Ami is awesome.Kat is nothing but a loser who thinks she is all that.Ami could kick her butt anytime

2259 days ago
63.

Sam    

I don't see what the big deal is. Jews can't even get along with other Jews, hence why they have been fighting for thousands of years. It is sickening that we have this so called freedom of speech yet have to censor ourselves if we say the N word, call someone a Jew, Old, Gay, or Illegal. We should be allowed to speak our mind and have fun with it, if it hurts, than fight back.

2259 days ago
64.

Mary    

She is the scariest, scuzziest, slimiest female I've ever seen. In a dark k alley she could cause a grown man to scream in terror.

2259 days ago
65.

jazun    

the swastika is freakin backwards who ever did it was not much of a racist

2259 days ago
66.

AD    

Ami is just butt hurt cause he knows she is a better tattoo artist. If he was a real Jew why is he tatted up and why does he practice a sin and violate other people’s skin everyday? Obviously he was just trying to get her in trouble cause he knew her show would kick his shows ass! Or maybe he is a Jew since he is trying to sue the company that made him famous and money. Don't bite the hand that feeds you Ami!!

2259 days ago
67.

laka    

Britney did it

2259 days ago
68.

TheBadBrain    

Who Cares. Except all you stupid pre-primate minded religious nuts. The chick is cool and interesting. I wouldnt care if it was ment in mean spirit. Looks like a joke anyway, with the XOXOX. All you religious nuts need to get a grip and start looking at the world as an evolutionary and realistic place. I believed in santa when i was i kid, grow up.
I roll my 20 sided die and an my D&D manual says I beat your god. Lol, losers need a god crutch to help them manage their limited thought process.

2259 days ago
69.

haha    

Don't care she's still hot.

2259 days ago
70.

amy    

The "e" in "jewbag" and the "e" in "hell" look different.

2259 days ago
71.

April N.    

Where is the racial slur. Looked like she overstated the obvious. Apparently she hates her boss who happens to be jewish.

2259 days ago
72.

Yeah Right    

OMG!!!! Some of you commentators are really f-ing retarded... no offense! :|

For *Racer* - NO TALENT slut?! Are you kidding me?! Have you seen her amazing work? Trying educating yourself before you make an ass out of yourself. Could you even draw a stick figure??

For RAT - You are a pitiful, pitiful, person. Only Jews face adversion?! What about Blacks, Hispanics, Native Americans, Irish, etc. etc. Look at how much energy you just spent with your anger. Instead of using all that energy towards anger, who not try to be, well let's see, PROACTIVE??!! You have a chip on your shoulder the size of NY and set a really good example by turning around and throwing out hateful, hurtful words yourself! Stop oppressing YOURSELF!!! You need help... Geez!!

BTW - Kat is Argentian/German. If you watched the show, you'd hear her speak Spanish with her dad.

Love you KAT!! You're a bad-ass, unique, sweetheart of an individual!!!

Have a good weekend!

2259 days ago
73.

Get over it    

OMG get over it! If she did write it I really dont think she is not going to work in this town again. Keep talking trash it only makes her more Famous. Laughing all the way to the bank.

2259 days ago
74.

Sad    

Like she is going to say, 'Yes I wrote that."!
I never liked her much to begin with, but I think she wrote it. What the f**k is her problem?

2259 days ago
75.

Sherry    

If the information is found to be true, then the same standards or punishment should apply to her also. Don Imus and Dog Chapman were yanked off the air for their comments. If guilty Kat should not be treated any differently.

2259 days ago
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