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Model Falls, Gets Up, Files Lawsuit

2/27/2009 10:31 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

You shouldn't be allowed to sue over a video this funny -- but alas, someone is.



Sarah Welch -- a model and former contestant on "The Bachelor" -- is suing several companies involved with the fashion show she worked at the Mondrian Hotel in West Hollywood on October 18, 2007.

We found the lawsuit -- filed in Santa Monica earlier this month. Welch claims she suffered "great injuries to her body, shock and injuries to her nervous system" after she fell through a hole in the runway which was created by the performer who went on before her.

Welch is suing for negligence and is seeking unspecified damages.

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Proud American    

I don't know how she coludn't see that huge hole. She's not the 1st model to fall, she should get over it. If people sued for embarrassing moments, the courts would be even more clogged.

2033 days ago
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SERIOUSLY!!!    

even looking straight ahead .. a big black hole on a WHITE run way is hard to miss! peripheral vision is something everyone has!

2033 days ago
48.

Joe    

It is pretty negligent that no one took care of this in the amount of time between the damage and the walk. She could have broken her neck.

2033 days ago
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PurpleHazeHempress    

Yeah right...she's only suing for embarrassment...lol...cuz I was even embarrassed for her...I fell harder than that off my bed...should I sue Serta?...I dont think so...If she would have walked the entire catwalk after her lil fall then I would have more sympathy for her....MORAL OF THE STORY:.."IF U DON'T EAT ENOUGH FOOD AND MAINTAIN A HEALTHY DIET..IT WILL DEPLETE YOUR VISION AND NEXT THING U KNOW, YOU'LL BE THROUGH THE FLOOR"..LOL

2033 days ago
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leave it natural    

Hello... Grammar Rehab Center calling

# 12. musiclver05, posted at 9:36AM
So I'm guessing most of you haven't seen Top Model..
They aren't supposed to look down when they walk. I agree she should sue, but she SHOULD OF FINISHED the walk!

> she should HAVE FINISHED

2033 days ago
51.

Goldielox    

Anyone else think the male model looks like Jimmy Jean-Louis from Heroes?

2033 days ago
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BOYCOTT THE HOGANS    

22. What's with the idiot woman who screams the second she falls through the hole and what's with the model standing in a pool of water to the left waving a feathered fan?

Posted at 10:01AM on Feb 27th 2009 by Shaydie

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OMG!!! I was feeling so bad for the model. Then your post made me re-look and I CAN NOT stop laughing at those 2 things!

2033 days ago
53.

You Can Do Better    

They should've at least stopped long enough to cover/patch the hole. What were the people in charge of this show thinking?

2033 days ago
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honest t    

Models bust their ass all the time. If she was seriously injured it would be one thing but if she were offered a spot on dancing with the stars do you think she would say, no, I am injured from a fall on a runway a couple of years ago, do you think she told the producers of The Bachelor she had any medical problems from a fall on her insurance questionaire?
I'm just throwing it out there.

2033 days ago
55.

mom    

Wow. How is it that someone else's pain and embarassment is funny? I come her e to read 'The Lost Diary', But I think that I will have to skip it in the futrure. This site is very demeaning and seems to be filled people who prey on others misfortunes. A very sad commentary as to what has become of the human race.

2033 days ago
56.

xxx    

sorry I don't look down when I walk either, but peripheral vision would have allowed her stupid ass to see the hole. It sure is obvious they pay models to be "attractive" and not intelligent.

2033 days ago
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Proud American    

The performer was just there maybe he loosen the planks. But, it;s just her ego that was damaged. Vanity got in the way.

2032 days ago
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Alex    

I cannot believe they allowed the show to go on with a very obvious hole in the runway. Does occupational health & safety not exist in America? Good on the model for suing however if I were here I'd have done it alot sooner. I hope she gets the payout she's after. This is just absolutely disgraceful.

2031 days ago
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Peterbuilt69    

This is my second try. (wrong key)
Just a couple of points. If a new tire had a bubble on the sidewall, would you still drive out of the shop? Or if the rung was missing on a new ladder, would you still buy it? neither one had defects on display. Well the runway had no holes in it on trial walks before that. That BEAUTIFUL lady had a horific fall. She disapeard instantly and when the camera panned down, she appeared to be just getting her second leg straight, as if her leg got bent and her foot got shoved up her a____. To the people who said they where runway models. Not one of you mentioned the spotlights that shine directly in your eyes. therfore, I personally donot believe you were ever models. To the people who said, she was ok and should have finished the walk. Please watch again, and notice her favor her left side as she walks. and without sitting for a little, she couldn't have finished it. The coordinator of that show FAILED his responibility to keep a harmless Lady SAFE!!! If a wheel left loose on your car, caused an accident, and YOUR baby riding in a car seat got hurt, are you people saying that the shop shouldn't be responible?
TO: Sarah Welch: You handled that with the GRACE of an angel. Thank god the hole was as big as texas, if it had been any smaller, it may have ripped flesh to the bone, and ruined your career. I did laugh myself, after you were simi OK, and I hope you were able to laugh later on. I'm also glad you had put on clean panties before the accident. I hope you get plenty of money for the humiliation they made you suffer! Next trip you take, take me with you, I'll carry your bags.(smile) Peterbuilt69

2030 days ago
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