Russian Dancers Assaulted in Minnesota

Harold Schiffman hfsclpp at
Thu Feb 5 19:21:23 UTC 2009

February 5, 2009

Russian Dancers Assaulted in Minnesota
Compiled by DAVE ITZKOFF

Members of the Russian National Ballet Theater were assaulted at a
hotel by a local resident while in Minneapolis to perform "The
Sleeping Beauty," The Star Tribune reported. When a group of about 20
people, including dancers from the ballet troupe, returned to their
downtown hotel on Sunday morning, they were attacked by a man who was
punching and slapping people. The 28-year-old man, whose name was not
given, made remarks to the dancers that "led them to believe he was
upset because they were speaking Russian and not English," said Sgt.
William Palmer, a police spokesman, according to The Star Tribune.
Sgt. Palmer added that the man "made some racially based remarks" when
he hit a black security guard. None of the dancers sought medical
treatment; the incident is being investigated as a bias-related
fourth-degree assault.
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