No lawsuit is about to come Demi Lovato’s way, she’s ready to settle this dispute!
For fans who don’t remember, the weekend before Lovato entered treatment, Alex “Shorty” Welch alleges she got into a scuffle with her while on tour with the Jonas Brothers. Welch claims Lovato punched her in the face, resulting in a black eye — photographs have now surfaced this week. Sources close to Lovato say the incident prompted Lovato to enter a facility and seek treatment for “personal issues”.
Just this past Monday, Welch’s lawyer vowed he would file suit against the Sonny With a Chance star “in the next seven to 10 days” for alleged assault and battery, unless the duo could settle out of court.
That apparently got Team Demi’s attention.
“I have engaged in discussions with Demi Lovato’s attorney,” Welch’s lawyer, Don Karpel, says. “I’m fairly confident we will be able to resolve these issues.”
As for Demi’s side, a spokesperson confirmed the action: “Demi’s attorneys have had an initial discussion with Mr. Karpel,” Lovato’s spokesman Jesse Derris said in a statement. “They are exploring the possibility of an amicable resolution of this matter. We do not plan on making further public comments during this process.”
Along with the mental and emotional ramifications of the incident, Karpel claims that Welch suffered lasting physical damage as well, noting that Welch had consulted a cosmetic surgeon in the wake of the attack.
Let’s hope this is all over soon.