TMZ

Our TV Shows

Got a Tip?

Call TMZ at (888) 847-9869 or Click Here

The Girl

Demi Lovato Punched

11/4/2010 1:45 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Demi Lovato's decision to seek treatment came after she punched a dancer who appeared on "America's Best Dance Crew" ... TMZ has learned.

1104-demi-shorty-exd-fb2

Sources tell TMZ ... Alex Welch was on the receiving end of Demi's blow.  Welch is a backup dancer on the Jonas Brothers Live in Concert Tour.  She was also a member of Beat Freaks, which got the runner-up title on season 3 of "America's Best Dance Crew."

We're told Welch -- who had a pretty nasty shiner from the incident -- has been talking to lawyers and is considering legal action.

Sources close to Demi say she feels "awful" about her behavior and took personal responsibility for it by leaving the tour and seeking help.



1104_alex_welch_footer

192 COMMENTS

No Avatar
151.

JoeChief    

"I have seen strangers punch each other in the face."

Yeah they do. If something caused it. Not randomly for no reason.

1346 days ago
152.

Dona    

Thanks to Demi Lovato that Red Head is who she is today: famous dancer and have a job!!! They were friends!!! Friends make mistakes somethimes! She just want to get some money out of what demi did! JEALOUSY

1346 days ago
153.

Arch    

It's not thanks to Demi that the dancer, is who she is today. The young lady has danced for other people as well. She's a dancer. Her dancing skilled has landed her the job.

Demi is famous, because of the Jonas Brothers.

1345 days ago
154.

JoeChief    

“okay smart people... it clearly states above "considering legal action". LEARN TO READ! Never said she was. Now, so you think you know everything, you should do a little research on Alex "Shorty" Welch (btw, thats the correct spelling), she doesn't need the tour to support her. period. very successful all on her own. She's naturally a happy, fun loving girl. All you have to do is watch youtube videos of her interviews, go watch her ustreams. Yes, any human being when they get punched by someone is going to go talk to lawyers and look at all the options they have. Stop dogging Shorty saying she deserved it. No one deserves that. I never said Demi was a victim or anything, she needs to get help for her problems. But her problems do not qualify her for hitting anyone for whatever reason that was. I don't care if Shorty told on her for partying, does she have to act like a 14 year old and go punch her? No. If she had a problem she needed to talk to her about it. BE AN ADULT! Simply just stop trying to justify all the reasons. There are none. I laugh at your alls foolish reasons you bring up. No, Shorty won't get a big chunk of money out of a lawsuit, she's got more in her bank account now im sure. Should Demi be held accountable for her actions, Yes. Does going to rehab hold her accountable? NO it does not. Stop the rumors, stop getting in on their business and let it be. Their adults, let them figure it out.”

Actually this tour is probably her biggest paygrade. Just because she has a youtube account and has work doesn't mean she's rolling in money. Otherwise then she'd take a private jet and her own car wherever they went. She might be pretty successful but in the same league as these disney starlets. As far as any human being talking to lawyers, not really. Friends get into fights all the times and they hardly talk to lawywers when they get into a scuffle. When a girlfriend slaps a boyfriend, technically thats considered assault but I doubt that lawyers will get into that. What this was, was two friends who got into a heated conversation that turned physical. That's all. And it's not even a HUGE degree. Shorty was out partying with Nick Jonas the next day and she was hanging out with her friends playing cards and chilling out. We're not dogging her at all. We're just saying that there isn't a need for lawyers, especially when all this is a physical scuffle that can and probably will be settled out of court. Lawyers will make things messy on both sides. Her credibility will go down as well as her as she becoming a liability when getting work. What Demi did was wrong yes. But the severity of what happened and the outcome was pretty small and harmless if Alex was partying and enjoying her day off in chillie. And “having a blast” as her facebook says. No offense but if she was looking for a lawsuit, she kinda gave up the whole emotional trauma issue since she was partying with Nick Jonas the next day in a halloween costume that pretty much showed her that she merely got a minor bruise.

As far as Demi being a victim. Maybe not in this case she isnt THE victim. But she is A victim of previous trauma's and what not. This shows just how bad bullying and the stress she endured takes it's toll on someone. Also in my experience, nobody gets punched in the face by a friend unless they did something very wrong. It's not like Demi just walked up to her and punched her. They probably had a heated discussion, words were said and then it got physical. I don't excuse it. But you know what? It's also important to see HOW it happened and WHY it happened.

And isn't going to rehab and getting your issues worked out in order to prevent future mishaps like this taking responsibility? I'd say so. She's taking steps to get better and to make sure she doesn't do this again. I'd say that's taking responsibility. At least for the future. Like I said before, this will most likely be settled out of court seeing as how even this Shorty person wants to move on. She said so on her facebook (status wise of course) and she doesn't seem to traumatized by the situation.I think an apology would suffice as well as a comp check.
And again like I said, overseas incident? No US jurisdiction? So yeah legal actions in the US won't be an option. Overseas maybe but money costs and what not...very unlikely for a small settlement.

PS: Getting into a fight with your friend does not make you a bully. You guys should know WHAT a bully is.

1345 days ago
155.

Arch    

I'm sure if Demi punched anyone on here that thinks the punch was no big deal, you all probably would think about sueing her as well. I don't care if you are a fan of hers.

I don't care what anyone says, no one should put their hands on anyone. I don't care if that person is their best friend or just a friend. A weak person goes for violence. Talk trash until you are blue in the face, but don't hit the other person.

Just because the dancer was Demi's friend, it didn't give her the rights to hit the girl. Period!

Demi has to learn how to take talk, especially if she can dish it.

If Demi was drinking, she should have told her father and Joe's father what she was doing. She probably came back drunk, if she was drinking or if not, the men probably smelt alcohol on her breath.

The dancer is 21 years old. She's the legal age to drink.

I don't know what went down, but I do know that Demi needs to mature. And if her violence was behind a guy, she definitely needs to mature, because no man is worth fighting over. If a woman has to fight over a man, then he's not hers to begin with. And if they have broken up and she's fighting over him, she's a sick puppy that's is need of a serious beating in education.

1345 days ago
156.

JoeChief    

“I'm sure if Demi punched anyone on here that thinks the punch was no big deal, you all probably would think about sueing her as well. I don't care if you are a fan of hers.”

Lord you obviously don't friends if this is your way of thinking. We're not talking about Demi punching anyone on HERE. We're talking about her getting into a scuffle with a FRIEND. Not a random STRANGER a FRIEND. Get it? A FRIEND? I have friends that I sometimes get into a heated conversation with. And sometimes that heated conversation gets to the point where it gets physical. Sometimes punches are thrown sometimes it's just a push. None the less it's physical and sometimes we get a bruise. Does that mean I should sue my friend for a bruise I got? Or does that mean a boyfriend should sue his girlfriend because she slapped him for forgetting to feed her dog? No. Of course not. It's silly. Just like this “punch”. No one in the right mind would sue a friend for a face boo boo. Unless she was seeing dollar signs.
“I don't care what anyone says,”

Thats why what you say is off and inaccurate.

“no one should put their hands on anyone. I don't care if that person is their best friend or just a friend. A weak person goes for violence.”

Maybe. But it happens. And in this case, it wasn't that big od a deal. Just like anyone else who got into a physical altercation with their own friend. Also you say a weak person goes for violence? I've seen the most tolerate people in my life get physical in a heated conversation. Anyone is subjected to that depending on what was said.

“Talk trash until you are blue in the face, but don't hit the other person.”

All that trash talk you do WILL lead to physical altercations. You can't just say trash talk all you want and not expect someone to react in a physical manner.

“Just because the dancer was Demi's friend, it didn't give her the rights to hit the girl. Period!”

But because the Dancer was her FRIEND and said something NEGATIVE about her, most likely something bad, it DID lead her to PUNCH her. Like I said before it may not be right. But you have to expect some ramifications especially when your FRIEND takes you out for a small little shindig and you rat on her and then tell her off. Again it may not be RIGHT, but it's certainly seeable.

“Demi has to learn how to take talk, especially if she can dish it.”

Again all that talk will lead to a physical altercation. Especially between two friends and espeically when you're supposed to TRUST that friend with a secrete.

“If Demi was drinking, she should have told her father and Joe's father what she was doing.”

Not if that friend was PARTYING with her. If that friend was PARTYING with her? Then no. She should've kept her mouth shut. Again Bros before hos.

“She probably came back drunk, if she was drinking or if not, the men probably smelt alcohol on her breath.”

Then you keep your mouth shut especially to your father. Nobody likes a tattletale.

“The dancer is 21 years old. She's the legal age to drink.”

So that means its ok for her to party with an 18 year old and encourage her to drink? Faulty logic.

“I don't know what went down, but I do know that Demi needs to mature.”

Says the person who doesn't know what it's like to be in a fight with friends.

“And if her violence was behind a guy, she definitely needs to mature, because no man is worth fighting over.”

Now you're just playing the assumption game. Horribly might I add.

“If a woman has to fight over a man, then he's not hers to begin with. And if they have broken up and she's fighting over him, she's a sick puppy that's is need of a serious beating in education.”

SO you say no fighting should occur but then you say she needs a beating in education? Wow nice contradiction.

1345 days ago
157.

JoeChief    

And again like I said. No friend punches another friend, unless something was said or done by the OTHER party. Excusable or not, something NEGATIVE was said or done on the other persons end.

1345 days ago
158.

Noemy    

she left all her fans in Peru hope that this poor girl concert.

1345 days ago
159.

JoeChief    

"she left all her fans in Peru hope that this poor girl concert."

Err...what?

1345 days ago
160.

Arch    

Again, no one should put their hands on anyone. Demi was violent towards the dancer. Friend or no friend, you don't put your hand on anyone, even if they are a friend and they have made you mad.

Trash talk doesn't give a person a right to punch a friend or stranger.

Another thing, a lot of people don't even know what the word friend means. Just because you spend time with someone and talk to them, it doesn't mean they are your friend or even you are their friend. So many people are fast to tell someone, you are my friend. True friendship is not watery.

1345 days ago
161.

JoeChief    

“Trash talk doesn't give a person a right to punch a friend or stranger.”

No but trash talking comes with consequences. Especially trash talking when you went partying with a friend who took you out. That;s a double no no on her end.

“Another thing, a lot of people don't even know what the word friend means. Just because you spend time with someone and talk to them, it doesn't mean they are your friend or even you are their friend.”

Actually...that's what a friend is. A friend is someone you hang with and talk with. Someone you share a bond with and someone you generally enjoy company with. The photos taken the time they spent on the road...seems like they were friends to me.

“So many people are fast to tell someone, you are my friend.”
If you bond with someone quickly and you share a bond, you're friends. I have friends who are relatively new and I consider them good friends and they consider me good friends. I hang with them, I chill with them, we are friends.

“True friendship is not watery.”
Yeah...you should know what a friend is first before you continue...seriously look up the definition of FRIEND.

1345 days ago
162.

BC    

It's really funny that she punched someone. She tries to act so goody goody all the time, but she is probably a total bitch! That is not what you would expect from someone who talks to kids about antibullying.

1344 days ago
163.

Sarah    

What sort of friends do you have joechief that you get into fist fights with? You are seriously deluded if you think getting into physical altercations is par for the course in friendship. GET SOME BETTER FRIENDS! because i can tell you now in my 21 years of living, i have never got into a physical fight with a friend which leaves me with a shiner and thought that is ok because we are friends. It is NOT okay. Who has friends that they get into fights with regularly? Where are you living, in the fantasy world of 8 miles?

Oh and i think its seriously disturbing how you have commented on every single article about this incident on the world wide web, you should swap your name around occasionally so you don't end up looking like a deluded demi-obsessed psycho cos right now you are drumming up images of being a 45 year old overweight man who has never had any friends living in the basement of his mothers home and staring at pictures of demi under the delusion that one day you will be meant for each other. Its creepy dude, get another hobby.

1344 days ago
164.

Arch    

JoeChief, have you ever heard of the word assosicates? A person can take a thousand pictures with someone, go shopping with them, etc. and that person is only an associate of theirs.

I guess you must have gotten punched in the face so many times by people you thought was your friend and that's why you think it's okay for a friend to punch another friend in the face. You probably have punched people, who you so claimed to be your friend in the face and thinks it's okay for to do that.

Violence is wrong and Demi had acted violence towards her dancer.

You are a fan of hers JoeChief. I am sure, if one of Demi's friends have punched her in the face, you would have thought that was wrong of them to do, because friends don't do that. I am sure if Selena punched Demi in the face, you would hate Selena for doing so.

Again, so many people don't know what the word friend means.

Demi did something she was ashamed of. She's lucky no one at the party that wasn't part of her group video her and put it up on Youtube.

1344 days ago
165.

JoeChief    

“What sort of friends do you have joechief that you get into fist fights with? You are seriously deluded if you think getting into physical altercations is par for the course in friendship. GET SOME BETTER FRIENDS! because i can tell you now in my 21 years of living, i have never got into a physical fight with a friend which leaves me with a shiner and thought that is ok because we are friends. It is NOT okay. Who has friends that they get into fights with regularly? Where are you living, in the fantasy world of 8 miles?”

Well just because you're 21 now and it hasn't happened yet doesn't mean it will NOT happen. Getting into fights on occasion does happen with friends. Even the best friend that you have, you'll occasionally butt heads and it will turn physical. I never said it was ok. But I said there wasn't any lasting damage. This shiner was more or less minor bruising. And you think only people in the slums get into rights? Lol if anyone is living in the fantasy world it's you.

“Oh and i think its seriously disturbing how you have commented on every single article about this incident on the world wide web, you should swap your name around occasionally so you don't end up looking like a deluded demi-obsessed psycho cos right now you are drumming up images of being a 45 year old overweight man who has never had any friends living in the basement of his mothers home and staring at pictures of demi under the delusion that one day you will be meant for each other. Its creepy dude, get another hobby.”

Lol I'm just inject a little sanity in these sue happy people idiots. That's all i'm doing. But I like how you're assuming you know me by calling me a 45 year old overweight man who has never had a friend in my life. That's pretty funny. From that statement alone I can assume that you're not who you say you are and I have more life experience in my pinky that you do in your entire body. Lol pathetic.

1344 days ago
Previous 15 Comments | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10 | 11 | 12 | 13 | Most Recent | Next 15 Comments

Around The Web