Dimitri Diatchenko, Sons of Anarchy bad guy, was charged with felony counts of making threats and animal cruelty after killing and eating his ex-girlfriend’s pet rabbit. He also sent her step-by-step photos of the meal. In the photos, Diatchenko skinned, cooked, and ate the pet bunny and threatened his ex that the same would happen to her. He was charged Tuesday in a Los Angeles court.
Diatchenko, born in San Francisco, played a slew of small roles on a myriad of television shows. He is a musician and an actor. He appeared in an episode of Walker, Texas Ranger back in 1999. In the episode, he sucker punched Chuck Norris during a fight scene but Norris came out on top. Recently he made an appearance on an episode of 2 Broke Girls. He has played numerous roles as an Eastern European or Russian bad guy for a number of movies and TV shows.
He studied music at Stetson University and then went on to Florida State University for acting school. His acting repertoire goes back almost two decades with cameos in How I Met Your Mother, The Suite Life of Zack and Cody, The Wild Thornberrys, and Family Guy. He also starred in the film, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. Diatchenko gave his voice services to several video games including many Call of Duty titles.
The North Hollywood-based actor, 46, is still living with his ex-girlfriend, although being broken up for several months reported the district attorney. The ex-girlfriend told him recently they should not room together any longer. While she was out of the home last Sunday, Diatchenko filmed himself killing the rabbit according to police. Dimitri Diatchenko was charged with one felony count each of animal cruelty with a knife for skinning and eating the pet rabbit and criminal threat.
The act is reminiscent of the 1987 cult classic, Fatal Attraction, where Glenn Close boils Michael Douglas’s daughter’s bunny. The filmed earned Close a Best Actress Oscar nomination. According to Lou Holtz, Los Angeles County District Attorney, Diatchenko did something similar, skinning the animal and then cooking it and eating half of it, all while sending his ex-girlfriend pictures of the process. When she came home, he threatened her as well.
The actor has posted numerous photos in the past of a bunny by the name Miss Ella on his Facebook page. It has not been confirmed if this was the rabbit that was killed and eaten by Diatchenko. The Los Angeles County prosecutor requested that bail be set at $90,000. He is currently out of jail after posting bail. He potentially faces up to four years and eight months if convicted but he insists that he is innocent. Diatchenko told KCAL, a CNN affiliate, in a phone interview that he released the rabbit and purchased rabbit meat in order to make his unnamed ex-girlfriend believe that he killed the animal.
Dmitri Diatchenko is due back in court Dec. 30 for arraignment on the charge that he killed and ate his ex-girlfriend’s pet rabbit and made threats. His manager, Barry Bookin, declined to comment on the matter.
By Stevenson Benoit