Jesse James and Kat Von D's night out in Las Vegas over the weekend wasn't the start of a new romance, her rep says ... though sources say otherwise.
"They did have dinner, but are just friends," says the rep, adding that the LA Ink star and ex of Sandra Bullock, both TLC show stars, met "a while ago."
"They've always remained good friends," says her rep, noting that despite affection showed during the night, "There is no romance there with Jesse."
"It was just good friends catching up. She's [held] hands with friends before."
No word if they got his-and-hers tats in Vegas.
Here's the thing, though. Multiple sources close to the pair say Jesse James and Kat Von D were seen getting all touchy-feely at the Mandalay Bay hotel.
They had a romantic dinner at N9ne Steakhouse at The Palms, but moved on and stayed at another very high end Vegas hotel that night, TMZ reports.
Kat Von D's people are playing the "just friends" card, but insiders say "friends with benefits" is more like it. So the rep isn't necessarily lying here.
It's not the start of a new relationship ... just straight up mauling each other on occasion by peeps who are primarily friends and not looking for more.
Hey, whatever works.