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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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31.

Sandy    

It seems Demi IS A BULLY HERSELF!! What a hypocrite! SUE HER ASS OFF!!!!

1358 days ago
32.

meme    

Demi sounds like she's a bully. I hope the back up dancer gets a lot of money.

1358 days ago
33.

tracy    

SERIOUSLY???? LEGAL ACTION??? Suck it up people, damn. Pretty soon you will be sued for sneezing on someone because you caused them to get a cold.......

1358 days ago
34.

Kristen    

I'm sure she went to rehab to avoid trouble with Disney as well. I mean what kind of role model is that for Disney?

1358 days ago
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JoeChief    

Nothing is gonna happen. First offense and a minor shiner from the incident, nothing big is gonna happen. I bet it's gonna be settled out of court if anything.

1358 days ago
36.

tracy    

so meme.....you sound like one of our lovely sue happy Americans....you hope she gets a lot of money for a black eye?? Really?

1358 days ago
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JoeChief    

"I'm sure she went to rehab to avoid trouble with Disney as well. I mean what kind of role model is that for Disney?"

You honestly think Disney is in the market for making Role Models? Lol. That's funny. These people aren't role models. THey're entertainers simple as that.

1358 days ago
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JoeChief    

"I hope the girl sues Lovato's little ass off."

It would be foolish to sue someone for a minor shiner that she got. I saw the pictures of her black eye and for the most part it was minor brusing at best. The most of what is gonna happen is that she's gonna get a civil settlement. If it was a broken leg or what not, then I could see that. But for a black eye that would heal up in a few weeks? At best she'd get a few thousand or at least coverage for damages. Unless she goes the "emotional trauma route" which doesn't hold a lot seeing as how she was playing cards and smiling the next day while spotting said shiner.

1358 days ago
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JoeChief    

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

As do I.

1358 days ago
40.

Ozzie X    

A donkey punch is what Demi needs.

1358 days ago
41.

big al    

demi, why did you punch that girl?

1358 days ago
42.

Eeyore    

already been answered joe - demi drama thought she told on her...

1358 days ago
43.

Kris Carr    

Oh, Demi, Demi, Demi! Just fess up. It's all going to come out anyways. So just admit that you were: drinking, smoking, snorting, cutting, or whatever vice you were doing. It's stupid to cover these things up. Knowing TMZ, they will find out the truth.

1358 days ago
44.

Robert    

Demi > You need to hook up with your past lover Miley Cyrus, You skank !

1358 days ago
45.

Nikkcolle    

Everything is a lawsuit now. You should have punched her back then went to neutral corners and move on like people used to.

1358 days ago
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