Anti-Semitic Photo of Kat Von D Sparks Controversy

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Looks like Mel Gibson may have some company.

Upon being fired from the TLC show Miami Ink last year, tattoo artist Kat Von D allegedly signed a photograph addressed to her former boss / co-star, Ami James, and drew a swastika and a flaming Star of David on it...

Kat Von D Anti-Semite Photo

As much as a lot of people wanna see Kat Von D nude, if she wrote this, that's messed up. We thought she was edgy, but laid back and cool! WTF, Kat!?

No one witnessed Kat Von D write the message, but Chris Garver, another tattoo artist on Miami Ink, said Kat personally handed him the anti-Semitic photo - which TMZ obtained and posted on its website earlier this afternoon.

Ami James, a native of Israel who served in the Israeli Special Forces prior to starting his career as a tattoo artist, reportedly went to TLC management when he received the photo, but sources say he was rebuffed.

After Ami had a lawyer intervene, a handwriting analyst concluded "there is a 99 percent probability that Kat Von D" wrote the message."

In early July 2007, Ami'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 Von D's spinoff show, LA Ink, premiered a month later.


When contacted about the photo, Ami James told the celebrity news site that he wasn't as offended by the photo as he was by the indifference toward it.

"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," said James, 35. "To me that is the real 'punch in the gut.'"

TLC issued the following statement
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"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 Von D's publicist issued the following 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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kat suks,
not surprise she left miami,they are such a nice guys.
she is not

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ahhhhhhh,i forgot,and i flu from sPAIN TO SEE U GUYS.WELL NOT TO SEE U.BUT I WAS THERE,AND I WAS WITING FOR KAT FOR 3 HOURS OUTSIDE THE SHOP,AND WHEN THEY STOPED FILMING,SHE SET TO ME ,SORRY KAT IS BUSSY,AND I SET YES BUT I HAVE BEEN HERE FOR3HOURS AND HALF,,ANT THEY TOLD ME TO PISS OFF

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I'm going to say at this point that you hotheads need to settle down and maybe get your hands on the actual evidence before passing judgment either way. And, please, stop attacking each other in such petty ways, you just come across as fools with nothing better to do than post to a blog and flame people for their opinions and grammatical errors. Oh, crap, NOW I'M ONE OF YOU! DAMMIT!

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Whoa, we all know how the media manipulates things, i can't watch tv most of the time especially when i found out how they're manipulating the american public into choosing the special interests presidential candidates. Steve O is a hideous deformity of a human and if she did date him, i can see why she turned sober. I'm guessing she made alot of mistakes when she drank lots of tequila. However, she's got a good heart and a genuine sincerity about her. Someone's just trying to bring her and her career down. I hear that the networks coerce these reality stars into doing alot of things on these "reality shows". Do you think that Kat designed her shop all by herself? I think TLC had some say in it. I don't think she's a has been, since she's cleaning up i think the best of her is about to unfold. Stay tuned, i don't think you've seen the best of Kat Von D, it is yet to come.

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SHE DID WRITE THAT AND TLC HAS THE PROOF, BUT FOR RATINGS SAKE, THEYRE SHOVING IT UNDER THE CARPET. I CANT STAND HER SHOW . ITS ALWAYS PIXIE TO HOSPITAL OR KAT TO THE HOSPITAL. I THOUGHT IT WAS SUPPOSE TO BE A TATTOO SHOW LIKE MIAMI INK. DRAMA OH MY,ITS EVEN WORSE THAN INK. THEN WHEN SHE PUT THE SKATEBOARD RAMP IN. THESE ARE GROWNUPS ACTING LIKE THYRE 14. AND SHE DID NOT GET THE SHOP ON HER OWN IT WAS TLC. SHES ALL FAKE . SHE NEEDS TO GROW UP AND COME CLEAN ABOUT A LOT OF THINGS. RAD DUDE
SHES TIRED AND BURNED OUT , SHES A HAS BEEN

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she didn't write that you idiots. ami and his crew made that crap up.

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i liked kat. i really did. then i started watching LA ink, and she wont shut up about how horrible miami was...and to think this show, these guys gave her her big break. i think shes a great tattoo artist. period. after a few episodes, i conclude i like miami ink better -- the show AND the guys. the other artists in la ink are cool though.

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First of all, it's you're - not your. Second, if this girl was stupid, racist and hateful enough to write something like that to anyone, she really doesn't need to be on television except for maybe a future episode of "Cops". Plus, I'm sure doing what she did in some way violates her contract, and if I were TLC, my lawyers would be working full-time on getting rid of her as cheaply as possible rather than defending her nazi comments.

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At this time she looks guilty as hell. One person says she personally handed him the picture and another confirms the handwriting as hers. She deserves to be banned from all television as well as any residual payments from reruns. Why is Discovery (TLC parent) dragging their feet in doing the right thing? Her show is not that good anyway. Mostly a PMS laden soap opera filled with quasi interesting female issues. Fire her a$$ and give her a job putting tattoos on horses lips, although she pretty much comes off as being on the other end.

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I hear she loves Jew cock. True?

Kat Von D Biography

Kat Von D Pic Kat Von D (short for Katherine Von Drachenberg) is a cool tattoo artist featured on TLC's Miami Ink and then on her own spin-off series,... More »
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Birthplace
Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico
Full Name
Katherine Von Drachenberg
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