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Kat Von D Attacks News Crews After Her Tattoo Shop Destroyed In Fire

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Kat Von D's famous tattoo parlor in West Hollywood was seriously damaged in a fire early this morning but when TV stations arrived on scene, she reportedly attacked their camera crews.

Authorities received reports of flames and smoke coming from her shop, High Voltage, and neighboring Trendsetters Barber Shop, a little after 4 a.m., according to KABC. The shops are both situated in a strip mall on the 1200 block of North La Brea Avenue. Crews knocked down the fire soon after around 4:30 a.m. The building suffered serious damage and was red-tagged, though firefighters saved some of the memorabilia. Authorities are investigating the cause of the fire.

CBS Los Angeles reported that Von D got violent with with the news crews filming the incident. “You guys want a f***ing interview, seriously? You guys, come on. Have some f***ing respect. Seriously, do you feel better about yourself? Oh yeah, get the lens, you f***ing idiot,” Von D said.

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CBS says she went after a camerawoman, pushing her camera, and then knocking off the woman's hat. She also went after another crew's camera. When L.A. County Sheriff's Dept. deputies told her to stop what she was doing, she disregarded their warnings and went back at it with the CBS camerawoman.

You can see Von D coming at the new crews in this video at the 0:42-minute mark:

High Voltage became popular from Von D's reality TV show on TLC, LA Ink, which was filmed at the store. Von D's Hollywood Hills home burned down in 2010, and her cat was killed.