Dancer Allegedly Hit By Lovato Ready To Sue

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December 6, 2010 | 8:35pm EST

Dancer Alex Welch is threatening to take Demi Lovato to court after allegedly suffering a black eye in a fight which prompted the Disney star to seek help in rehab.
Lovato stunned fans in October when she pulled out of a world tour with the Jonas Brothers and checked into a treatment facility to address “emotional and physical issues”.

Reports suggested Lovato had lost her temper and hit out at dancer Welch, leaving her with a black eye and bruising around her cheekbone. A photo later emerged online apparently showing the damage caused during the fight.

Now Welch has opened up about the rumoured incident, claiming Lovato was angry because “she had gotten in trouble” for her tour behaviour hours before the confrontation and suspected one of her dancers had raised concerns with road managers.

Welch tells People.com, “(Lovato) pulled the dancers in a room and threatened: ‘If I find out who told on me…'”

But Welch, who insists she wasn’t to blame for Lovato’s scolding, was stunned when the 18 year old approached her and allegedly assaulted her for no reason.

She explains, “We were on the plane with the Jonases having this awesome time and I didn’t get a call or text from Demi or a ‘hey, you got a problem with me,’ nothing. And she walks up and punches me and literally walked away and got in her seat.

“No one should walk up and do that and brush it over, it’s not right.”

Welch claims she has not heard anything from Lovato since the incident: “To this day, I haven’t gotten an apology. I’ve heard nothing. That’s sad if you think that person is your friend.”

Lovato’s representative insists the troubled star “feels awful about what happened” and is “100 per cent committed to her treatment”, but Welch’s lawyer, Donald Karpel, is poised to sue the singer if she doesn’t issue an apology soon.

Karpel says, “We have contacted the Lovato camp and we are waiting for a response. If we don’t hear back, we will pursue litigation.”

A spokesperson for Lovato confirms, “We are in the process of engaging with Alex’s lawyer and hope to resolve this as quickly as possible.”

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