Russian ballet members assaulted in Minneapolis

by Andrew Mannix

While in town for a performance at Northrop Auditorium this weekend, multiple members of the Russian National Ballet Theatre were allegedly assaulted at a downtown hotel. Five people were injured, though all denied medical attention. The Star Tribune reports: “When a group of about 20 people, including dancers with the Russian troupe, entered the Doubletree, at 1101 Lasalle Av., at 2:10 a.m., the man made statements that ‘led them to believe he was upset because they were speaking Russian and not English,’ said police spokesman Sgt. William Palmer. The man threw punches and slapped people, injuring two men and a ballerina from the troupe, in town to perform ‘Sleeping Beauty’ at Northrop Auditorium.” Two men, a 28-year-old from Plymouth and a 27-year-old from Loretto, were arrested. Both men “appeared intoxicated,” according to the Star Tribune.