Bolshoi dancer denies planning acid attack on artistic director
MOSCOW (AFP) - A Bolshoi dancer detained on suspicion of organising a horrific acid attack against the Moscow ballet company's artistic director denied on Thursday ever planning such an assault against his former boss.
Pavel Dmitrichenko, who has been charged together with two suspected accomplices, told a Moscow court that he deeply regretted the acid attack on Sergei Filin and was happy he plans to return to work in September.
The dancer, who was often cast in dark roles such as Ivan the Terrible, admitted he had artistic differences with Filin but said he had never wanted him to be so badly hurt.
Dmitrichenko told the court he had agreed to a "proposal" by the suspected perpetrator, unemployed ex-convict Yury Zarutsky, to "hit" Filin but no more.