Jeffree Star responds to Kat Von D’s allegations of stealing artwork for makeup line

July 21, 2016
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On July 19, famed tattoo artist Kat Von D took aim at Jeffree Star on her Instagram with a post announcing that she would no longer be associating herself with Star or his brand, saying that she “can no longer hold [her] tongue after recent events.” The two had been, according to both parties, good friends for about 10 years.

Now, Star has responded to Kat's criticisms in a lengthy video. Here is how the story played out:


After years of making excuses for, and rationalizing Jeffree's inappropriate behavior (including, promoting drug use, racism, and bullying) I can no longer hold my tongue after recent events. I know that over the years, many of you were introduced to Jeffree through me, and regardless if you chose to continue to follow him or not, I just would like to disassociate myself from him and his brand from this point on. I plan on posting a video explanation as to why I felt compelled to make such a statement. But for the time being, I simply want to apologize to anybody and everybody who has ever had to deal with any of his negativity. And yes, with a heavy heart, I will be pulling the shade “Jeffree” from my collection. Sending extra love to everyone out there. ❤️

A photo posted by Kat Von D (@thekatvond) on


Kat Von D then posted a 14-minute long video to YouTube explaining the reasoning for her post. She alleges the artwork for Jeffree Star's makeup line, Jeffree Star Cosmetics, was stolen from fellow tattoo artist B.J. Betts and used without credit or payment.

See the full video below.

Star responded to the Instagram post and allegations on Twitter.


Kat Von D replied on Twitter with the following, stating that Betts contacted her to let her know that Star had reached out with a settlement proposal:


Jeffree Star has responded to these allegations in a 23-minute video. He directly combated Kat's claims that B.J. Betts' artwork was ever used for Jeffree Star Cosmetics. Furthermore, he shows viewers the text conversation that he and Kat shared.

See his response, as well as a accompanying tweets, below.



Artist B.J. Betts also tweeted the following, ensuring that the matter between him and Star has been settled:

Jeffree Star is currently on an abridged Warped Tour run promoting his makeup line.

Written by Kika Chatterjee