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Lil' Kim

Is A Creepy Skull Thief

...Says Makeup Artist

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

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.


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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re. artistic plagiarism...cases of plagiarism can constitute copyright infringement.. they have a point... just like singers /music corporations can sue individuals for downloading and sharing music they never paid for. why did she not retract the ownership when the artist contacted her. and why the he double toothpicks did her legal council, or manager automatically get on the phone with the artist and offer to buy the image. and give naming rights. being a visual artist myself I too would be infuriated after finding someones name on one of my art pieces. especially if they were worth 18 million. she is lucky the visual artist is not suing for emotional distress. and go

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