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Lil' Kim

Is A Creepy Skull Thief

...Says Makeup Artist

11/12/2013 11:30 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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Lil' Kim
is a ghoulish thief who ripped off a creepy pic of a decaying skull ... and is now claiming it as her own ... so says the professional makeup artist who took the pic and is demanding $$$.

Samantha Ravndahl tells TMZ ... she's not only the artist ... she's also the girl in the picture -- which shows a green-faced woman with rotting flesh and exposed parts of her skull.

Ravndahl says she posted the macabre selfie online ... and soon discovered that Lil' Kim was using the very same image on her own social media sites.

Ravndahl tells us ... she contacted Lil' Kim's people asking for payment and got the runaround -- first she was told Kim wasn't willing to pay anything ... and when Ravndahl persisted ... was told that Kim's team "works slowly."

All the while ... Ravndahl says Kim continued to re-post the image on various sites ... even using it as the artwork for her single, "Dead Girl Walking" ... and had the audacity to add a copyright logo.

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Ravndahl hasn't filed a lawsuit ... yet .. but she's considering it.  She's still hoping to get some kind of financial settlement.

We've reached out to Lil' Kim's people ... but haven't heard back yet ... because they work slowly.

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16.

Jacqui    

TMZ, you're color-blind. The chick is blue, not green. There are a few small places on her face that are green, but the overall paint, is blue.

310 days ago
17.

Tami Mitchell    

creeeeepy

310 days ago
18.

Proof    

Gallery of the artist doing the makeup:

http://imgur.com/a/Ok6Ke

310 days ago
19.

HoJo66618    

Kinda funny since she has said Nicki Minaj ripped her off. Throwing stones?

310 days ago
20.

me    

The makeup artist outta be thankful. The picture is ugly, now it's been seen by even uglier people around the world because of Kim. Get over it

310 days ago
21.

GURLPLEASE    

I would think the chick would be happy, someone is putting her work out there. Cause I don't know that hoe

310 days ago
22.

nika    

this is actually an improvement in the looks dept. with her

310 days ago
23.

jj    

Lil'Who?

310 days ago
24.

Julie    

There is a step by step how-to with pictures of this girl Samantha doing this makeup from start to finish on several online image sites like imgur and Reddit. It's pretty disgusting that someone who should understand the idea behind intellectual property would be so horrible in this situation. Never liked her anyway, and now have even more reason to make sure no one else does, either.

310 days ago
25.

ronald mcdonald    

the first lyrics to the song in question are "we have a crook mentality." ...keep it real lil kim :)

309 days ago
26.

sundae    

If she doesn't want people to rip her of, maybe she shouldn't put it on the internet for everyone's to see

309 days ago
27.

The Zombie    

Is anybody surprised a rapper is stealing other peoples intellectual property??? Anybody?

309 days ago
28.

oreosf    

I can't believe Lil' Kim would steal work from another artist. How embarrassing. Samantha should file a law suit. Thanks TMZ

309 days ago
29.

bob bobberton    

fascinating... http://i.imgur.com/aERL2F7.png

309 days ago
30.

Karma    

Well, I'm glad to know it's a real person, bc I thought it was Aaliyah and it was upsetting to me.

292 days ago
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