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According to multiple sources on hand for the taping of a new ABC special, The Bachelor Breakup, Pavelka lost it when he and ex-fiancee Vienna Girardi saw each other for the first time since their split.
"Vienna was confronting him, exposing all his lies," a source tells Star. "He started screaming at her: 'Shut up! Don't belittle me! Don't question me! Shut up!' And all of a sudden, he literally jumped out of his chair, pulled back his fist and lunged at her! All of the executives were freaking out. They pulled him off of her and rushed them off to separate rooms."
Needless to say, producers and crew members were shocked to see the well-mannered pilot lose his cool. "The execs were screaming at him, 'What the heck are you doing?' And the camera people were all like, 'Oh my god, we can't use any of this,'" the insider revealed.
Girardi reportedly ran off in tears after the altercation and is now being kept in an undisclosed location. "Vienna is scared to death," the source says. "She's all alone out there in L.A. and she's upset. She's terrified."
"She's never seen him be that mean," the source adds. "He's been a jerk and belittled her before, like 'You don't know what you're talking about.' And she's put up with it for the last four months, because she did everything she could to make the relationship work. But now she obviously knows she made the right decision. Who knows how ABC will try to splice and dice this and turn it around for their golden boy, making Vienna look bad like they always do. But people have to know what he did!"
The story sounds bad -- really bad -- but a friend of Pavelka says there is no way his pal would ever strike Girardi. "Jake would NEVER hit her, EVER. End of story," the source told RadarOnline.com. "The guy doesn't even use swear words."
The Bachelor Breakup is set to air on ABC on July 5.
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