Celebrity tattoo artist Keith McCurdy sues ex-staffer for stealing clients

Celebrity tattoo artist Keith McCurdy is suing a former staffer, claiming she started stealing his customers while working at his iconic Broome Street parlor “Bang Bang.”

McCurdy — who has inked the likes of Rihanna, Justin Bieber, and Miley Cyrus — says he was duped into helping “disloyal, dishonest” ex-employee Haava Karabudak obtain a work visa, on the agreement she would work for him for at least three years, he claims in a Manhattan Supreme Court lawsuit.

“However, in March 2019, when there was almost a year left on her Visa, and while she continued to work for Plaintiff, Defendant began surreptitiously soliciting customers in a scheme designed to steal Plaintiff’s customers and secure them for herself,” read the court papers.

McCurdy’s suit says he fired the Turkish National after he learned she’d begun secretly cancelling customer’s appointments and referring them to another unspecified studio, where she’d covertly begun working.

He’s suing her for breach of contract, misappropriation of trade secrets, and other actions.

He’s seeking $153,859 in damages.

Karabudak could not be reached by phone, and did not immediately return an email.

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