Russian Dancer Confesses to 'Black Swan' Style Acid Attack

Top Russian dancer confesses to vicious attack on ballet director.
3:00 | 03/06/13

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Test Text1 plain 7:43 AND NOW THAT BREAKING Confession overnigh at the world famous bolshoi ballet. A top dancer playing ivan the terrible admitting he was the mastermind behind a vicious acid attack on his rival. It's a scandal that seems ripped right out of the movies but it's real. ♪ eighth all this pressure. I knew it would be too much. Reporter: In the movie "black swan" a bitter ballet rivalry pushes natalie portman's character to the brink. What happened to my sweet girl? Reporter: But this morning the film themes behind jealousy and revenge have turned into a frightening reality for bolshoi's ballet company, one of the oldest and most prestigious in the world. Russian police released this tape hours ago of pavel dmitrichenko, a principal dancer known for his recent role as ivan the terrible, confessing a crime just as sinister as his character's name. In the tape he admits to master minding last month's brutal acid attack on sergei filin which horrified ballet fans all over the world. There's been whispers of needles put into costumes and glass put into slippers in order to trip up the competition. This is really gone above and beyond. Reporter: The bolshoi failed for that powerful blend of classic and modern ballet gave them "swan lake" but now faces its own black swan. The two had bitter disagreements over fierce competition for roles. It's incredibly competitive and that is the prime focus of their lives and they only get a very, very short time to focus on that. Reporter: The assault happened as filin was typing an entry code at his front door.

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