According to the Chicago Tribune, renowned tattoo artist Jef Whitehead — also known as Wrest of the Californian black metal band LEVIATHAN — was charged with criminal sexual assault and aggravated domestic battery Sunday and held on $350,000 bond after allegedly attacking his girlfriend in Chicago, Illinois.
"I've never known him to be violent to anyone — male or female," Freddy Corbin — owner of Temple Tattoo (web site) in Oakland, California, where Whitehead has worked for three years — said of Jef, whom he has known for more than 20 years.
For the last three or four months, Whitehead has been traveling throughout the United States and parts of Europe on a tattooing tour, Corbin told the Chicago Tribune. Most recently, Whitehead has been in Chicago and given tattoos as a guest artist at Taylor Street Tattoo & Body Piercing, said Keith Underwood, the studio's owner.
Read the entire report from the Chicago Tribune.
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