I really hope this isn’t true, because I happen to really, really dig Leviathan and Lurker of Chalice. But the Chicago Tribune is a rather reputable news outlet, and they’re sort of known for their criminal coverage. So, it probably is true.
Wrest — also known as renowned tattoo artist Jef Whitehead — has been charged with criminal sexual assault and aggravated domestic battery Sunday and was being held on $350,000 bond after allegedly attacking his girlfriend in Chicago, Illinois, the Tribune reports.
The paper claims Wrest used “tools of his [tattoo] trade” to sexually assault “his girlfriend after he slammed her head against a floor and choked her.” Prosecutors say the incident followed an argument between the couple early Saturday morning. The girlfriend was transported to a local hospital for treatment and her condition is not known.
“I’ve never known him to be violent to anyone — male or female,” says Freddy Corbin — owner of Temple Tattoo in Oakland, California, where Whitehead has worked for three years — of Wrest, 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 Trib.