Kat Von D has been in the middle of an image storm for the majority of her career as a former reality television personality and a current beauty mogul. Now she hopes to set the record straight once and for all. On Thursday, she uploaded a YouTube video addressing two common rumors that are threatening to tank her entire empire.
The new mom wants people to know that she is not anti-Semitic and that she isn't 100% against vaccinations, but she also had a lot more to get off her chest. Von D wants people to understand where these rumors came from and why she hasn't spoken out about them until now.
She then carefully broke down how the rumors about her being an anti-semite began. Buckle up those seat belts because this thing goes WAY deeper than any of us could have imagined.
“To help give you guys a better understanding of how this Nazi rumor started, I’m gonna have to go back to a time that I honestly really hate to talk about," Von D began. "I hate thinking about it. I ended up going to years of therapy and healing in order to deal with a lot of the traumatizing things that happened back then.”
Kat Von D ultimately says everything began during her days as a reality star on TLC's Miami Ink series.
“A lot of you guys remember Miami Ink. When that show first started, the viewers, the ratings went up super, super quick, and the network started getting feedback from the audience saying that the show was lacking female energy, so they wanted to cast a female tattoo artist.
"So…I was about 22 years old when I first joined Miami Ink and started filming with the show. I remember that right after I started filming, the ratings went up, and it started to make one of the other castmembers feel threatened."
Von D reasons that the castmember in question was threatened ultimately due to his own fragile masculinity.
"I don’t think he was threatened only just by me, but I think he was threatened by any type of woman that has an opinion or has a stand on anything. And that’s when the hazing started.”
By hazing, she means blatant harassment, per the stories she goes on to recount.
She also alleged that this jealous castmember sexually harassed her.
“The mistreatment on set was pretty unbearable over the time that I was there filming. There were so many times where he said things to me that were so repulsive, I could never repeat those things out loud. He sent me a photo of his penis."
Unfortunately, the unwelcomed genitals photo isn't where the harassment ended, according to Von D.
Although Von D notes that the sexual harassment was terrible, she also shared that she felt even worse due to the reactions of other castmembers who witnessed it.
"The worst part of all of it was that when... turned to the other guys for support, they literally did nothing and they just acted like nothing happened," Von D alleged. "Needless to say, none of this type of behavior ever made the air. Eventually I'd just had enough, and I ended up having to quit off camera."
Kat Von D went on to film her own spinoff show called LA Ink, which she says angered the castmember who harassed her.
"I remember I started filming the intro to the show and that’s when this other castmember found out that LA Ink was happening," Von D recounts. "He was so paranoid that LA Ink would replace Miami Ink — which eventually it did — that he thought he could cancel my show by going to the network and showing them this 8x10 with a forged anti-Semitic message on it."
The message in question read, "Burn in Hell, Jew Bag. XOXO, Kat Von D."
Von D also pointed out that another reason she did not completely address the anti-Semitic drama was that she had unhealthier ways of dealing with issues back then.
“Yes, I probably should have talked about this back when it was happening, but in all honesty I did not have the support that I have now," she shared. "I definitely wasn’t the same person that I am now. I used to resort so much to escapism and self-medicating through drinking and drugs. As a lot of my fans and followers know, I am very happily sober."
Kat Von D ended her video with a note to everyone who bombarded her with opinions about these major dents in her image.
The letter reads:
“I’m not mad at you. I actually totally understand where you were coming from. I just don’t think that sending hate to anyone is the right way about going about anything. Whether or not you are right doesn’t mean you should call me names or wish death upon my child. Some of the comments I got were so cruel and hurtful, I hope none of you ever have to go through that.
"We all experience so much negativity on a daily basis as is. Whether it’s from someone else or even our own selves. There really is no reason to add more hate to anyone’s plates. We are all human, capable of making mistakes. But we also deserve a little bit of a gentler approach to criticism. If I have learned anything from all my years of animal rights activism, it is that you are more likely to open someone’s mind with kindness instead of attacking them. And lastly, to all those who were gentle in your approach to me on this subject, thank you. The world needs more of you."