Demi Lovato punched backup dancer Alex Welch

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You knew there had to be a follow-up to the Demi Lovato meltdown, and sure enough, there are people out there willing to cough up details. Not that we really care what sent an 18-year-old singer to the mental health clinic, but it sounds like she punched a backup dancer for tattling on her. That sounds about right.

People says that Lovato went out with her band and some dancers for dinner, and that her stepfather, Eddie De la Garza, got very suspicious, accusing them of going out partying.

"When tour management found out about this, they talked to the people involved, including Demi," a source tells the mag. "Demi reacted badly and perceived that someone on tour had told on her."

Reacting badly apparently meant Demi confronting the perceived rat in "a short, physical altercation" that was "one-sided." TMZ says the target of that attack was Alex Welch, a female backup dancer for the Jonas Brothers Live in Concert Tour and former member of Beat Freaks, the runners-up on the third season of America's Best Dance Crew. She allegedly got a punch in the face from Demi on the tour plane the next day, resulting in a black eye and discussions with lawyers about suing the Disney wunderkind.

"Afterwards, Demi felt awful about her behavior and realized she needed to take personal responsibility for it," the People source says. "Because of this, and because of the battles Demi has fought throughout her life, both she and her family realized she needed to take steps to get help immediately."

Aw, and here we were hoping rumors she got into a fight with Ashley Greene, who's dating Demi's ex Joe Jonas, were true.

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[Last modified: Thursday, November 4, 2010 3:01pm]

    

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