Rossie Brovent from Dayton, Ohio, was reportedly suing her ex-boyfriend and tattoo artist Ryan Fitzjerald for $100,000 over the drawing of a tattoo, which she eventually found out was of flies over a pile of excrement.
As an act of revenge, the jilted boyfriend of Rossie Brovent cruelly tattooed a picture of flies over excrement on his ex-girlfriend’s back and the photo swept the internet.
The ex-boyfriend was said to be angry at Rossie Brovent for cheating on him with a friend and plied her with alcohol before she signed a consent form agreeing a design “at the artist’s discretion”.
Rossie Brovent wanted an image of Narnia.
Rossie Brovent’s “poo tattoo” story, which was originally reported on the VeryWeirdNews website and later followed up by British newspaper The Sun, U.S. website Metro and others across the world, has been recently thrown into doubt.
The picture of her tattoo appeared on the Ugliest Tattoos blog, part of the Fail Blog group of websites, as far back as December 2009.
It was sourced from Polish social network website Nasza-klasa, which translates as “our class”, and the caption on the photo lists the month in Polish as January, without a year, and the name of “Ania”.
A court official at Dayton Municipal Court, where the lawsuit would most likely have been filed, said they had no record of either Rossie Brovent or Ryan Fitzjerald in their records system.
A search of that court’s database and of those of the surrounding civil courts also threw up no matches for either the defendant or plaintiff.
In addition the Smoking Gun website reported that a spokesman for Montgomery County Common Pleas Court, which covers the Dayton area, said he did not know about the reported lawsuit.
In the VeryWeirdNews article from November 21, Rossie Brovent is quoted. But no contact address, email or phone number is listed for the website.
“He tricked me by drinking a bottle of cheap wine with me and doing tequila shots before I signed it and got the tattoo,” Rossie Brovent is quoted as saying.
“Actually I was passed out for most of the time, and woke up to this horrible image on my back.”
The photo has gone viral since it was picked up by the mainstream media, but it now appears the image has been floating around blogs for years and there is no civil lawsuit as has been reported.