Bolshoi dancer gets 6 years for attack on director
Other members of the Bolshoi lined up to defend Filin, asserting that he had brought an inclusive and positive atmosphere to the theater.
"I want to support and defend Sergei, who has been attacked by this flurry of suspicion as if he had poured acid on himself," Bolshoi ballerina Tatiana Beletskaya told the court.
In an interview with Dozhd television last week, Vladimir Urin, who was brought in to lead the theater in July after the ouster of its former general director, criticized Filin extensively, but said that the verdict would have to be a guilty one if Russian ballet were to recover from the reputational damage done by the attack.
"My feelings are rather contradictory," Urin said, but insisted: "This has to become punishable, so that we can end this once and for all."
Associated Press writer Lynn Berry contributed to this report.