The Russian Bolshoi Ballet soloist Pavel Dmitrichenko said Thursday in court that he did not know that an ex-convict acquaintance was going to pour sulfuric acid on ballet company's artistic director Sergei Filin's face, according to the New York Times.
Dmitrichenko, 29, tried to shift the blame to Yuri Zarutsky, who is accused of obtaining the acid, concentrating it and throwing it in Filin's face on Jan. 17, the New York Times reported.
Moscow police said Thursday that Dmitrichenko paid Zarutsky 50,000 rubles, or about $1,600 to beat up Filin, according to the New York Times.
Zarutsky and the driver, Andrei Lipatov, were found by cellphone tracking, NBC News reported.
All three men were charged Thursday with causing serious physical harm as part of a group. The maximum sentence for this charge is 12 years, the New York Times reported.
"When a journalist called out, 'Do you want to apologize to Filin?' Dmitrichenko answered, 'For what?'," the New York Times reported.
The New York Times reported Filin, 42, is recovering from the acid attack in a clinic in Germany.
Dmitrichenko confessed Tuesday to ordering the acid attack, that nearly blinded Filin, NBC News reported.
Dmitrichenko was removed from the company's grand commission in Dec., the New York Times reported. He also disagreed with Filin over whether Filin was denying lead roles to Dmitrichenko's wife, ballerina Anzhelina Vorontsova.