Bolshoi ballet dancer pleads not guilty of acid attack

Bolshoi ballet dancer pleads not guilty of acid attack

October 29th, 2013 by Associated Press in Local - Breaking News

In this photo taken on Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2013, Pavel Dmitrichenko stands in a cage at a court room . Bolshoi ballet dancer Pavel Dmitrichenko, who is accused of being behind an acid attack against Bolshoi's artistic director Sergei Filin, pleaded not guilty to the charges of plotting the assault on Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2013.

Photo by Associated Press/Times Free Press.

MOSCOW - A Bolshoi ballet dancer who is accused of ordering an acid attack on the company's ballet chief has pleaded not guilty.

Pavel Dmitrichenko is suspected of ordering the Jan. 17 attack on ballet artistic director Sergei Filin, which left the director with severe burns to his face and his eye.

Two other men are standing trial with Dmitrichenko, the suspected attacker and the driver who took him to the crime scene.

Russian news agencies on Tuesday quoted Dmitrichenko pleading not guilty to plotting the attack. Dmitrichenko said the alleged perpetrator, Yuri Zarutsky, was planning to send his daughter to a ballet school and was asking for his advice. The ballet dancer said he thinks highly of Filin but told Zarutsky that he disapproved of Filin's management style.