Sarah Welch, former contestant on The Bachelor Rome, is suing over a catwalk fall from an October 2007 fashion show at the Mondrian Hotel in West Hollywood.
Welch, who was one of the final two contestants vying for a rose from Charlie O’Connell on season 7 of The Bachelor, claims she suffered “great injuries to her body, shock and injuries to her nervous system,” when she fell through a hole in the catwalk.
During an earlier demonstration by Shaolin monks, one of the monks did a front flip and landed a little too hard, creating the hole.
Welch walked onto the catwalk and fell through the hole and into the Mondrian pool below. “I had no idea that there was a hole there. It was almost like falling through ice. I was trying to get out and I remember there were pieces breaking around me and I couldn’t,” she told Inside Edition in 2007.
Welch initially took the fall in stride, even joking with KABC-TV, “It is just a really funny mishap. And I hope they’re enjoying watching it just as much as I am!”
Welch is suing for negligence and is seeking unspecified damages.
View the Sarah Welch catwalk fall video below.