Kat Von D: I'm Not Afraid to Date Jesse James Because He Once Cheated

Celebrity News Aug. 19, 2010 AT 2:14PM
Kat Von D: I'm Not Afraid to Date Jesse James Because He Once Cheated Credit: Jeffrey Mayer/WireImage.com; Michael Tran/FilmMagic

Sandra Bullock fans may not have forgiven Jesse James for cheating on the Oscar-winning actress -- but his new girlfriend Kat von D has.

"I am a believer that we're all human and we're all capable of making mistakes," she said on the Kevin & Bean radio show on L.A.'s KROQ-FM Thursday. "I think if I were to be crucified for my drug addiction three years ago now, it would be hard to live with that. I'm sober now, and it's awesome. But I have made mistakes, too."

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She added, "I've got a lot of respect for Jesse and how he handled it."

UsMagazine.com previously reported that the two checked out BODIES: The Exhibition" at the Luxor Hotel & Casino Sunday in Las Vegas, where they held hands and shared a passionate kiss.

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Von D, 28, star of TLC's LA Ink, said she's known James, 41, since she was 22. "We've always been friends," she said. "He had his show on Discovery; that's how we met. I was looking for some advice when I first started on Miami Ink."

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She said they aren't an item simply because they both are heavily inked.

"Just because I have tattoos doesn't mean, 'Oh, you guys are a perfect match,'" she said. "I think that I'm his type on a different level than people would assume."

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