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Demi Lovato's Attack Victim

The Bruising Photos

12/4/2010 3:30 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Demi Lovato left one hell of a mark when she punched a female backup dancer in the face on a private jet back in October ... and TMZ has obtained photos of the eye-swelling damage.

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These photos were taken days after Demi socked Alex Welch in the face -- leaving visible bruises on her left eye and cheek.

Sources close to Welch tell us ... the dancer was simply minding her own business on a private jet leaving Bogota, Colombia ... when Demi "walked up to Alex and with a closed fist, struck her on the left side of her face."

We're told Alex was knocked clean out of her seat -- and had to receive emergency medical attention.

Lovato was immediately removed from the plane and eventually returned home -- and then checked herself into a treatment center shortly after.

Alex -- who completed the remaining dates on the Jonas Brothers tour -- has now lawyered up with high powered Beverly Hills attorney Donald Karpel and we're told she's "considering her legal options."

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106.

Raine     

that girl was not sitting there doing NOTHING minding her own business and got punched out. She did something. however, whatever she said did not deserve violence.

I hope this ends Demi's career but in today's world, it will probably MAKE her career.

1387 days ago
107.

MsA    

I'm sure her attorney will have pointed out that her claim, even if successful, will be severly limited by that fact that she was dancing some very energetic and complex routines the same evening and completed the tour.

1387 days ago
108.

stl's haitianmodel    

girl get that money

1387 days ago
109.

Bob    

Guess she can retire for life on this lawsuit. Too bad Demi, you'll be working for her soon.
TMZ needs a way for us to report advertising in these comments. people pay good money to advertise and these freeloaders do it on almost every comment.

1387 days ago
110.

JoeChief    

“Do it! Sue her a$$ off so the real story will come out instead of all the PR BS that they created.

And for #7 - it had already been reported that Demi hit her with no provocation because she believed this girl had told handlers previously about Demi's coke problem.”

No that was told by third party sources which are fabricated as well as anything else. Fact is you don't know the REAL story. Nor do we know if there was NO provocation at all.

But she won't sue. I'll tell you that right now. This happened in October and nothing has happened since? Even if she does she won't get much. She got a black eye, not a broken ****ing nose.

1387 days ago
111.

Layken    

Geez I don't even have to read 7 pages of comments?!?! Bottom line....She PUNCHED someone in the face!?!? End of story?!? She's another brat brought to you by the world of Disney....Put her on Zoloft or ..toss her in a ring with me for 5 minutes Let's see how "defenceless" she is when someone knows it's coming?!? Just another celeb that thinks she can do what she wants?!?! Keep cutting urself....to dumb to even hit a vein??

1387 days ago
112.

jwoolman    

First of all, a punch to the eye is risky. She's lucky the effect wasn't more serious, especially since her appearance is important for her job. Secondly - bruises do take time to develop, no point taking pictures right away. If it was this bad several days later - it was certainly much worse within the first 12-24 hours. I do hope they just settle this simply without dragging things to court, however. The fact that the dancer waited a while before taking the picture suggests she might be willing to handle it privately. The talk of legal action might just be an incentive for Demi to deal with it.

Thirdly - Demi was put off the plane, not the dancer, even though Demi was far more crucial to the tour. So the people on the private plane definitely felt that Demi was the one with the problem. The dancer may not have said or done anything to provoke it, Demi might have just suddenly "broke" and went for the nearest target. Maybe they had words before, but nothing to justify this - but it might explain why out-of-control Demi might head for her rather than someone else. Or maybe there was nothing to explain it. Remember the guy recently who decided his mom was possessed by the devil and killed her? The mom didn't provoke it - it was all internal to the guy.

This is simply not normal behavior at all for a girl her age in her position. When behavior is that abnormal, something internal is going on that needs treatment. This isn't "brat" behavior, this is "something's really wrong" behavior.

Fourthly - it sounds as though Demi had an episode of something, which probably scared her as much as anybody else. Whether it was drug induced or stress induced (what we used to call a "nervous breakdown") - she was out of control and knew it.

1387 days ago
113.

Justice    

POOR DEMI. CAN'T TRUST NOBODY AND HER PEOPLE JUST SEE DOLLAR SIGNS IN HER.
SHE'S PROBABLY GOT ALL HER PEOPLE ( PARENTS, STEP PARENTS, MANAGERS. DISNEY PEOPLE) CONSTANTLY SNOOPING OVER HER SHOULDER AND TRYING TO KEEP THEIR LITTLE CASH MACHINE IN CHECK. THIS IS HER WAY OF ACTING OUT AT ALL THE CONSTANT ATTENTION FROM THE PARASITES WHO PROFIT OFF HER. THE "VICTIM" SNITCHED HER OUT AND SNITCHES GET STICHES. IT'S THE LAW OF THE WORLD.
DEMI JUST NEEDS SOME GOOD REGULAR POLE TO TAKE HER MIND OFF IT. SHE'LL BE OKAY. SHE NEEDS TO GET OUT FROM UNDER ALL THE PEOPLE CONTROLLING HER.

1387 days ago
114.

JoeChief    

“DEMI HAD HER CHANCE AT STARDOM/BLEW IT! SHE'S ALL WASHED UP”

Yeah tell that to Chris three grammy nominations Brown.

“Have you ever been bullied? Because if you have you will know that sometimes things happen when you ARE minding your own business. And sometimes bullies punch you for no reason at all!!!”

Yes Bullies DO punch people for no reason at all. Hence Demi is not a bully. In this case that is. Bullying is more or less HABITUALLY causing someone harm. This happened because of provocation.

“The facts remain that Alex Welch "provoked" Demi Lovato by telling Demi's Management about Demi's drug use. She did this to try to get Demi the help she needed. Demi acted out, committed a federal crime assault/violence on an aircraft and is in rehab. Someone ****d up big time and it wasnt alex.”

First off, the drug use rumor is just a rumor. She provoked her on something but it sure as well wasn't for getting the help she needed. Not if she was PART of said party last night.

Second you guys need to know your law. As much as you guys WANT her to be charged with a federal crime assault/violence on an aircraft, she can't be. Because this didn't happen ON Us Soil. It happened over in a foreign country where the US HAS no jurisdiction. All the crimes and laws you are stating are LAWS stated FOR the US and NOT for overseas action.

And assault/violence on an aircraft is for a US JURISDICTION aircraft. And you can't assume that this private Jet was a us jurisdiction aircraft. Believe it or not, other countries have their private jet companies as well.

“Guess she can retire for life on this lawsuit. Too bad Demi, you'll be working for her soon.”

No she won't. A judge sees a few things before they award in these types of claims court. What provoked the incident. What was the lasting damage FOR said incident, what was the traumatic effect for said incident and so forth. The lasting damage was next to nil and the traumatic effect was also pretty minimal. So no, she won't be retiring anytime soon.

In these types of civil law suits (and thats all it can be. A Civil lawsuit) you get what you deserve. Not what you want. For a black eye and a bruised cheek, you might your medical bills to be paid and some restitution and maybe her legal bills. But other than that, no. Unless this was a lasting damage or something that will effect Alex's work in the future, this is more or less minimal.

1387 days ago
115.

pecker    

girlfriend needs some Pro-Active V!!

1387 days ago
116.

nobody    

I do not think people should raise their hands to others, but wasn't there an article saying Demi was having trouble with a backup dancer bulling her. If this is the girl then something snapped in Demi to do this. And to me this girl does not look like any kind of angel.

1387 days ago
117.

CarolynAB    

I'm still wondering why Lovato was never arrested once the plane landed.
It's well and good to go into rehab, but she needs to be held responsible for the alleged criminal assault.
Plus, the photo was taken "days" later. Did she even go to the police?
Something is odd here.

1387 days ago
118.

JLS    

Good luck, Alex. This is a brutal assault from someone who is now using the word rehab to hide behind.

Who knows what she's in rehab FOR. Rehab has become a joke.

1387 days ago
119.

JoeChief    

"I'm still wondering why Lovato was never arrested once the plane landed.
It's well and good to go into rehab, but she needs to be held responsible for the alleged criminal assault.
Plus, the photo was taken "days" later. Did she even go to the police?
Something is odd here."

Because she's not pressing criminal charges. She can't press criminal charges for crimes that didn't happen in the US. Don't people know their laws? Also no she didn't go to the police. First thing she needed to do when she was at a foreign country was go to the police. She didn't hence she's not pressing criminal charges.

"Good luck, Alex. This is a brutal assault from someone who is now using the word rehab to hide behind.

Who knows what she's in rehab FOR. Rehab has become a joke."

Judging by the way you post, you have no idea WHAT Rehab means. Or what it is for. Also a black eye is hardly considered "brutal" at best this is casual assault.

1387 days ago
120.

madymae    

I think it's funny that she is a spoke's person against bullying. And I'm pretty sure she entered rehab because she was advised to do so because she will probably be taken to court and that will make her look better.

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