Bolshoi Director to Attackers: I Forgive You
Sergei Filin speaks on Russian TV
By Neal Colgrass, Newser Staff
Posted Jan 28, 2013 7:32 PM CST
The Bolshoi Theater artistic director Sergei Filin, right, speaks to the Bolshoi Theater choreographer Yuri Grigorovich, left, in September of 2011.   (AP Photo/Mikhail Metzel, File)

(Newser) – The Bolshoi Ballet's artistic director said yesterday that he forgives whoever is behind the acid attack that left him hospitalized and injured in both eyes, Reuters reports. Sergei Filin, 42, spoke in a grainy video link with Russian TV from his hospital room. "I am not going to lie. Of course it is very hard for me and very difficult," he said. "A priest came to me, and I told him: 'You know, I forgive everyone, and God will be their judge. Because people are weak.' I forgive all the people who are involved in this."

But he wished his attacker had considered Filin's "three remarkable sons" before splashing acid in his face in Moscow on January 18. "Even if the worst happens, I will continue to look upon this world, and I will continue to do what I do—but it will be through the eyes of my three sons." Filin didn't wear the heavy bandages seen in earlier footage, and kept his eyes half-closed; whether he could see wasn't clear. He has already undergone two operations on each eye. "I promise, you will see me on stage," he said.

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Jan 29, 2013 12:55 AM CST
Americans. Pathetic comments from ignorant nothings
Jan 29, 2013 12:35 AM CST
Those so angry that he has forgiven those that threw acid in his face, would you rather he spend his days angry and depressed? This man has more courage and heart than any of us here to be able to forgive and forget and move on with his life, if not for himself but for his children and his dedication to the arts is admirable in itself.
Jan 29, 2013 12:12 AM CST
LoL .... That's one ugly looking person. Man he really mess him up and wants forgive the crook. I guess he must have mess his brain also hahaha. I also think looks like a UFO martian