The makeup and tattoo artist of "Miami Ink" and "L.A. Ink" explains the origin of the rumor she's anti-Semitic and clarifies she's not against vaccinating her baby.
Kat Von D shared two strong messages with her fans in an emotional video she posted to YouTube Thursday: "I am not a Nazi. I am not anti-vaxxer."
In the 11-minute video, the makeup and tattoo artist of "Miami Ink" and "L.A. Ink" fame gave an explanation for the origin of the longstanding rumor that she's anti-Semitic. According to Kat, it can be traced all the way back to 2008, when she was featured on TLC's "Miami Ink." Kat claims ratings spiked when she joined the cast, which made one of her male castmates feel "threatened."
"That's when the hazing started," she said, claiming she'd sometimes come to work to find her tattoo machine had been sabotaged. "The mistreatment on set was pretty unbearable over the time that I was there filming. There were so many times that he said things to me that were so repulsive, I could never repeat those things out loud."
Kat claims the man also sent her an unsolicited photo of his penis and once grabbed her breasts while she was driving. She wound up "having to quit off camera."
Before she left, however, Kat said she was asked by some crew members for signed 8x10 photos of her for their family members who were fans. She said she brought in a bunch and left them out for people to take.
Kat said TLC didn't want to part ways with her because of the success she had brought to the show, so they confidentially offered her her own spin-off show, which came to be known as "L.A. Ink." Kat said her male castmember found out.
"He was so paranoid that 'L.A. Ink' would replace 'Miami Ink' -- and eventually, it did -- that he thought he could cancel my show by going to the network and showing them this 8x10 [photo of me] with a forged anti-Semitic message on it," Kat alleged. "I have no idea who actually forged the message, but what I do know is that the man who treated me so terribly on set took this 8x10 and threatened the network, saying that if they don't cancel 'L.A. Ink' that he would go to all these different media outlets and release the 8x10 with the forged message on it."
Kat said the network knew it wasn't her handwriting and decided to continue filming, which she claims prompted the man to follow through with his threat.
"After all these years, this is the first time that I'm actually talking about this publicly," she said. "Honestly, I've been dreading making this video, but I know that it has to be done. I have to do it. I can't just keep letting other people write this narrative that's so inaccurate and so false and so awful. None of this feels good to relive."
Kat went on to say, "There's a reason why I'm choosing not to mention anyone's name, and I'm sure a lot of you will think I'm a coward, but honestly, I don't care. The idea of putting myself in the same sentence as this man makes me shudder just as much as having to relive any of this stuff that was so traumatizing."
Kat also said she "should have" addressed this issue a decade ago when it happened but didn't feel she had "the support" she has now.
"I think karma has a beautiful way of dealing with this stuff," she said, asking her fans to let it go, too. "I just want to move on and move forward."
Regarding the "uproar" Kat "accidentally" caused when a fan on Twitter asked her if she was going to vaccinate her baby, Kat said, "I am not an anti-vaxxer; what I am is a first-time mother. I'm one of those moms that reads everything. I read everything from ingredients in foods to cleaning supplies to medicines -- basically, anything that is going in my baby or on my baby. I research like a complete and total nerd."
"After doing a bunch of research and reading the ingredients [of vaccines], naturally, I experienced some hesitancy," she continued. "If I would've known that I would've let so many people down with that, I would've never ever shared where we were at with it at that time."
"Since then, we have decided as parents to consult with our pediatrician and just let him educate us and guide us," she added, not revealing whether she had vaccinated her baby, who was born in December.
"I am choosing not to make our decision -- or any of our baby's health records -- public," she said.