Demi Lovato to Strike Deal With Backup Dancer, Lawyer Says
Looks like Demi Lovato won’t have to get a day pass from rehab in order to attend court after all.
Don Karpel, the attorney for back up dancer Alex “Shorty” Welch—who claims that Lovato assaulted her on the Camp Rock 2 tour, shortly before the Sonny With a Chance star entered rehab to deal with “personal” issues—tells E! Online that Lovato and her legal team are agreeable to striking a deal in order to avoid a lawsuit over the issue.
The revelation comes following news that Welch was preparing to launch legal proceedings against the Disney starlet over the October incident. Says Karpel,
“I have engaged in discussions with Demi Lovato’s attorney. I’m fairly confident we will be able to resolve these issues.”
Team Lovato confirms the negotiations, with a Demi spokesperson saying,
“Demi’s attorneys have had an initial discussion with Mr. Karpel. They are exploring the possibility of an amicable resolution of this matter. We do not plan on making further public comments during this process.”
According to TMZ, Welch was sitting on a private plane in late October with the rest of the crew from the JoBros and Demi’s South American tour when Demi “walked up to Alex with a closed fist [and] struck her on the left side of her face.”
On Monday, Karpel announced that he would be pursuing legal actions within “the next seven to 10 days.” Welch, who reportedly suffered bruises under her left eye and on her left cheek, consulted a cosmetic surgeon following the attack, according to Karpel.