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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.

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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.



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pollypurebred    

She didn't take responsibility, she took the Lindsay route. Enter rehab to avoid being charged with assault or something similar. The victim should sue and Demi's handlers should stop sugar coating the situation. If it walks like a duck and quacks like a duck....

1387 days ago
17.

Superman    

3. I hope the girl sues Lovato's little ass off. She "took responsibility" by running like a scalded dog. And then claimed it was because she was "bullied" in high school that she attacked someone. Just one more self important twit with entitlement issues.

Posted at 9:51 AM on Nov 4, 2010 by Flower
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Exactly!!

1387 days ago
18.

DizzKid    

I would of punched her too.

Do you see how much hotter she is over her? And it makes perfect sense why she could go too rehab. To avoid a lawsuit. She'll just play the crazy role, and get out of it. Quick thinking from her reps.

1387 days ago
19.

penny    

3. I hope the girl sues Lovato's little ass off. She "took responsibility" by running like a scalded dog. And then claimed it was because she was "bullied" in high school that she attacked someone. Just one more self important twit with entitlement issues.

Posted at 9:51 AM on Nov 4, 2010 by Flower
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Exactly!!
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I totally agree!! I bet she just went to rehab to victimize herself and do damage control

1387 days ago
20.

wasted days and wasted nights    

Keep this up and we'll have ourselves a new reality show: Celebrity Punchers. These celebs do know how to throw a punch and then whine like babies about being bullied or yeah right, whatever. I hope the punchee sues the hotpants off this puncher. Demi is supposed to be a role model, so imagine the bad example she has set. Just imagine all the girls settling scores with their knuckles on the schoolyards of America. For the love of the Jonas Brothers, it has just got to stop.

1387 days ago
21.

djdeej94    

of COURSE she's looking for a lawyer. Little Alex Welch has the face of a nasty mouthed girl. I'm sure whatever she did to piss off Demi, she DESERVED to get punched in the face... of course lets not take responsibility for her own bitchyness - "I'll get a lawyer cause I'm an angry little dancer"... hahaha woman up Alex & take what you deserve. Demi's getting help, so should you

1387 days ago
22.

Stupid People Hater    

So she goes into treatment for being bullied to try to make herself look like a victim and get people to feel sorry for her? Sorry, in a civil lawsuit Demi is going to pay for punching this girl. Going to treatment for supposed past bullying isn't going to change anything.

1387 days ago
23.

raquel    

She's considering legal action?
Judging from her tweets, she seems juuuuust fine.
No suffering. People are just greedy. Let Demi recoup in peace.

1387 days ago
24.

Smooch    

Whaaaat? LOL Is that what this world has come to? You get in a lil catfight and have to run into REHAB??

How many of us in years past got into a hair pulling, roll on the ground cat fight? No one sued. No one cried like a baby. No one went to Rehab!

FFS buck up. It happens. This "kids gloves" attitude about altercations is ridiculous.

1387 days ago
25.

katie    

suing would accomplish nothing other than making her look like someone seeking to capitalize off of someone else's downfall. classy. and i'm not sure that i buy that it's true.

demi and shorty were close friends. it wasn't like demi went up and punched some random person she met on the street. i really don't think she's a bully. she had emotional stuff going on, and in times like those, sometimes you lash out at the people you love because a)they recognize you're not okay and call you out on it, and b)you hope that they love you enough to eventually forgive you.

the girl snapped. it happens to the best of us. she didn't beat her up. she punched her once and felt terribly about it. she realized that she had issues, and is dealing with it. give her a break.

1387 days ago
26.

Jay    

I was wondering why a celebrity would seek treatment on their own and not due to any scandal since rehab stints are usually just PR recomended spa stays.

So now the truth is out she punched someone so she ran to a rehab facility the only place this chick should be is in jail. I see she is pulling a Lohan.

1387 days ago
27.

fahgettaboutit    

What's all this BS about her being bullied and scarred for life?? Sounds like she's the bully. Sue her ass. Sick of these kids who think life is 'consequence free'.

1387 days ago
28.

Eeyore    

she was thrown off the tour, she did not leave. this is all spin to make her look better.

1387 days ago
29.

Holly G    

So this girl didn't say or do anything Demi just walked up and punched her in the face?? I really doubt that.

1387 days ago
30.

Eeyore    

drama thought she told on her for drinking, that is why she punched her

1387 days ago
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