Saturday 18 November 2017

Bolshoi acid victim tells court: 'I can't see my children'

London Daily Telegraph

The artistic director of Russia's Bolshoi Theatre broke down as he told a court he could never forgive the assailants who effectively blinded him in a "horrific" acid attack.

Sergei Filin (40) recounted the assault in harrowing detail as he appeared before the court in Moscow for the first time yesterday, describing how he had been subject to months of harassment beforehand.

He denied accusations he abused his position to sleep with ballerinas, and claimed his attackers had turned to violence after failing to find enough compromising material with which to blackmail him.

Mr Filin cast new light on his fractious relationship with soloist Pavel Dmitrichenko, the ballet star accused of orchestrating the attack.

Mr Filin had acid splashed in his face as he returned home from a Bolshoi function on the night of January 17.

Dmitrichenko and his co-accused, Yuri Zarutsky and Andrei Lipatov, face 12 years in jail if they are found guilty.

Mr Filin began to break down as he told the court: "I lost an eye. I can't see my children." He asked to be excused from the rest of the case in order to return to Germany for an operation.

The trial continues. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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