Bolshoi's artistic director attacked in Moscow

By the Associated Press | January 18, 2013 | 1:32 AM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian police say the artistic director at the legendary Bolshoi Theater has been attacked with acid in Moscow.

Moscow police said early Friday that Sergei Filin was attacked Thursday night by a man who splashed acid onto his face as the 43-year-old former dancer came out of his car outside his home in central Moscow.

The theater's press office told Russian television that Filin's eyesight is threatened.

Bolshoi spokeswoman Katerina Novikova told Channel One that Filin had received threats before and that they suspect that that he fell victim to the notorious infighting and rows between different groups of dancers and managers at the theater.