Ballet dancer admits to attack on ballet chief - WNCT

Ballet dancer admits to attack on ballet chief

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LONDON -

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 years.

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.

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