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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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house md    

If your jewish or american or english or.... that is who YOU are. She though on the other hand is COVERED in tatts and that gives us plenty of amo. I'm sure somewhere hidden on her body is a swasika.

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Well her heritage is Argentinian and her last name is von Drachtenberg. You do the math. Or I'll do it for you - her family was Nazi that fled Germany for the safety of South America.

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She's a great artist and I''m happy to forgive her for her indiscretions - we've all said things about our ex-bosses that we later regret. Still, she's a real talent and HOT - I'd tap that in a heartbeat. Yummy.

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Ha ha right on Amber. What's wrong with saying N***a, and Sp**k, and K**e. I'm sick and tired of Jews crying cause you called them a Jew. Dude the war ended a long time ago. It pisses me off that I have to whisper saying, "Oh it was a black guy," when I am talking about someone who's Black.

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Party 'till you die!    

Sorry, I meant to say her mother is from Argentina ( not Mexico), but she was born in Mexico! And Argentina is a notorious haven for Nazis fleeing from prosecution!

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To *Loves tats!!*

I think you are the pitiful one!
In case you didn't read this article It's about hate speech directed at The Jews, and is not about hate speech against those other groups you mention! When hatred is shown for them I will be on their side condemning all HATE SPEACH- against any group!

And to barney fife Jews have never fought against Jews or anyone else that did not attack us first!

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Yeah Right    

One other thing that is completely clear - Ami is definitely doing this out of jealousy. Kat was the star of his show. Since leaving, the show sucks and the true talent can be seen... Kat is the true talent! The rest of the gentleman over at Miami Ink are very talented (sarcasm) - if you want a tat of a koi fish or a cherry blossom - but that's about it! They have no range and they are definitely NOT Kat status...


P.S. Thanks LoneWolf... (muah!) ;)

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Just like Justin brought Sexy Back, I say we bring Racism back. What do you all say!!!

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Party 'till you die!    

Ha! this story is already in her Wiki bio! Serves the bitch right!

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J.A. Simon    

Freedom of speech.

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she was probably joking .. but definitely a joke in poor taste.

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Are you guys kidding me? Kat is way too talented and way too busy to write something like this!!!!! Whoever buys into this crap needs to put down the crack pipe! Hollywood Out!

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who dat    

Face it, people who get tats are in the lower IQ bracket. Probably under 100 IQ. 70 is near idiot. Those with tats probably around 80.

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people just need to relax.. man... WHO CARES!!!!!!!!

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