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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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91.

TrueDat    

So after assaulting the dancer, her handlers sent her to take anger management classes I suppose. The one that was once bullied, is now the bully or just a real mean beeyotch.

1417 days ago
92.

ERI    

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1417 days ago
93.

Breanna    

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.

1417 days ago
94.

rene    

come on, cute lil Alex is hookin up with Demi's ex jonas. They're all on the same tour. (dumbest idea ever.)Who didnt see that coming? bunch of hormone driven divas get locked on a bus together, get into a fight, and we are surpised?

1417 days ago
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JoeChief    

“Demi can get into whatever treatment she wants but that does not prohibit any lawsuit from being filed. I would advise Alex Welch to file a police report as well. Assault is something that shouldn't just be swept under the rug. Filing a police report is a good thing to do before filing a lawsuit. Demi has admitted she assaulted this girl. She's screwed and should be held responsible. Otherwise she will end up like LL.”

If she was gonna file a police report, then she would've done it the day it happened. It looks like she just wants to keep this underwraps as much as Demi does. And I don't blame them. The more they dig it up, the more both people get bad press. As far as being held responsible, well I agree that she should get something out of this. But I don't think she's gonna get a lot of money. I mean judging by how carefree she acted after it went down, and how she's in an “artistic” mood, that pretty much blew away whatever lawsuit you had. And for her own career sake, I think filing a police report is ill advised. That's gonna be known to everyone that you're a liability to get all sue happy when something happens. I'm sure this is gonna be settled out of court. As far as going to rehab making her being held accountable for what HAPPENED? No it doesn't. It's in the past. What happened happned. Even Shorty said that she just wants to move on. But it does help AVOID FUTUTRE faux pas.

AS far as who is a victim and what not? Frankly? They both are. Demi is a victim of all the crap that went on in her life and the stress that happened, Alex is a victim of Demi's outburts due to said stress. Any common sense would tell you that both people and both parties suffered.

1417 days ago
96.

JoeChief    

"Simply just stop trying to justify all the reasons. There are none."

No one is justifying anything. At least I'm not. I'm just speaking the reality of the situation. And that is a Law Suit on both ends would make both people look bad. This was just a short scuffle that happened and someone is trying to prevent it from happening again.

And I doubt that Alex wants to drag it on this long. Even she said her self she wants to just move on.

1417 days ago
97.

JoeChief    

Also ponder this if you will. If you pull a lawsuit against Demi Lovato and her family, you're not just going up against Demi Lovato. You're going up against Disney. The Mouse. And they have a whole SLEW of lawyers ready to protect their property. That's right I said it, their PROPERTY. Demi Lovato is their cash cow and by the ammount of people supporting her, they aren't gonna let her go without a fight.

So yeah I don't think she's stupid enough to sue a huge corporation protected by an army of lawyers. And I'm not saying that to be mean. That's the truth.

1417 days ago
98.

Chun LI    

Wrong TMZ. Running to rehab is not taking responsibility.

1417 days ago
99.

george clooney    

#8...maybe you should know your facts; this DEMI brat made up this whole poor me story before checking herself into a rehab about being bullied growing up....and then we find out the truth....I do not like sueing but you know what, SUE!!!! She assaulted another person and then lied about it to get OUR sympathy. So for those of you who have indicated that Demi is just all but destroyed, she has pulled one over on you for sure!

1417 days ago
100.

texasknight1    

To JoeChief

all it takes is 1 attorney willing to go up against super disney and knock Goliath Mouse back down to the rat level it is.. due to all these flakes of talent having problems once they reach young adult life.. proves that all disney puts out is fake reality.. happy go lucky teens with coke problems.. demi was out partying with her clich tour group and got busted.. she threw a fit blaming alex and cold clocked her.. alex by all means should be seeking legal counseling as i expect disney to settle out of court.

all it takes is a good attorney with a hunger to take down a very large corp.

1417 days ago
101.

CD    

i love how instead of apologizing to the girl and owning up to her actions, she runs to rehab. you think after all the bullying she went through, she would be more considerate about these kinds of situations. seems like her team is doing damage control and using the "bullied out of school" excuse to make her actions justifiable. unfortunately i see a lindsay lohan 2.0 in this girl.

1417 days ago
102.

Honest.Chick_83    

She should file a police report (if she hasn't done so yet) and press charges against her. Lovato has issues that she needs to deal with.

1417 days ago
103.

cochino    

why not sue the mouse?

The settlement potential to make this go away is lucrative.

gold digger playbook - Rule 3(a)

1417 days ago
104.

annie2    

Demi: Just cut her a check and be done with it! Surely the girl wouldn't be awarded much over 25 to 50k. Just give it to her and move on...that's all she wants anyway. That away you can avoid lawyer fees on your side and her side, too. No matter the emotional issues you were in the wrong. Period. Just pay it.

1417 days ago
105.

kristen    

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.

>>>>>i agree with this, you fools dont know shorty so just get a life and let demi put on her own big girl panties and work it out herself.

1417 days ago
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