According to a press release from the Los Angeles County district attorney's office, Dimitri Diatchenko, 46, of North Hollywood is facing two felony charges: cruelty to an animal with a use of knife allegation and criminal threats.
"While the victim was out of the house, Diatchenko skinned the pet, cooked it and ate half of it while sending her step-by-step pictures of what he did, the prosecutor added. When she returned the defendant allegedly told her he would do the same to her," the District Attorney Office stated in the press release.
Diatchenko killed the rabbit and made the threat on Dec. 7, after the victim said they should no longer be roommates, said the prosecutor. The two had been living together for some time after their romantic relationship had ended.
Diatchenko faces a maximum sentence of four years and eight months incarceration if convicted. At the arraignment scheduled for Dec. 30, the prosecutor will be asking bail be set at $90,000.
The press release also stated that the case remains under investigation by the Los Angeles Police Department.
Though we cannot confirm if Diatchenko was commenting on the story, his latest tweet seems to deny the allegations:
Not true.— Dimitri Diatchenko (@Dimitrid1) December 11, 2014
The story is reminiscent of the infamous scene from the 1987 hit thriller, Fatal Attraction, in which Michael Douglas' character finds his daughter's pet rabbit boiled in a pot by spurned one-night-stand played by Glenn Close. Close's performance earned her an Academy Award nomination for Best Actress.
Diatchenko's management team has said they will not comment on the story at this time.