Russian police locked performer Pavel
Dmitrichenko in a holding cell in court.
The 29-year old ballet dancer told a
judge he did not order anyone to throw acid in his boss' face.
The director of Russia's famous Bolshoi
ballet, seen here performing, almost lost his sight in the January attack.
Sergei Filin was returning home from the
theatre when a masked man splashed a jar of acid in his face.
Dmitrichenko, dancing here in the red
cape, allegedly wanted revenge against the artistic director for not giving his
ballerina girlfriend a starring role.
He told the judge he ordered this man, Yuri
Zarutsky, to beat up the ballet director, but not to splash him with acid.
Police say Dmitrichenko paid Zarustky
and a getaway driver $1,600 to carry out the attack.
Prosecutors say the dancer best known
for his stage roles as 'Ivan the Terrible' should be sent to prison for 12
A judge refused bail until next month, while
detectives continue their investigation.
The ballet chief is undergoing
rehabilitation in Germany to save his eyesight and prevent permanent
disfigurement to his face.
It's a case of potential government corruption. And day two of a former lawmaker's criminal trial was all about connecting the dots that allegedly led to theft and fraud.
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