Bolshoi Ballet Acid Attack Leaves Sergei Filin Scarred, Nearly Blind

Top dancer, Pavel Dmitrichenko, allegedly masterminded an attack on the ballet's artistic director.
1:50 | 03/06/13

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Transcript for Bolshoi Ballet Acid Attack Leaves Sergei Filin Scarred, Nearly Blind
of revenge has an ending. It happened at the world famous ballet. A star dancing confessing of trying to make the ballet master pay. If you think it reminds you of a movie, it did. Abc's kirit radia in moscow. Reporter: It's a story of jell si, ego and revenge. The type russia's bolshoi ballet is famous for. But like natalie portman's obsessive character in the movie "black swan," the real drama is taking place offstage. Police have detained this man, pavel dmitrichenko, a top bolshoi dancer, who recently played the role of ivan the terrible. He's the alleged mastermind behind a vicious attack on the ballet's artistic director sergei filin. In january, a masked man, allegedly hired by the dancer, splashed filin with sulfuric acid leaving him badly scarred. The story has unraveled like the bolshoi's most theatrical dramas. The suspect reportedly ordered the hit as revenge for his girlfriend, a rising star at the bolshoi, who the victim passed over for top roles, once reportedly calling the ballerina too fat. In a taped confession, the suspect said he only wanted to scare the victim, not hurt him. People have been coming to the bol bolshoi theater for centuries. It's been no stranger to scandal. There are stories of jealous dancers putting broken glass in a rival's shoes or even pins in their costumes. If a young dancer has a lead role at the bolshoi it can make them or break them. Reporter: Some still suspect this was not a solo act. The question now is, who else will fall before the final curtain comes down? Kirit radia, abc news, moscow.

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