Officials at Moscow's Bolshoi Ballet have axed a leading prima ballerina because she's too fat.

SWAN LAKE star Anastasia Volochkova (corr) was told she was becoming too much of a handful by ballet bosses after male dancers complained about her weight.

The 27-year-old - who weighs 49 kilograms (109 pounds) - has accused her bosses of wrongful dismissal, claiming Bolshoi bosses telephoned her 12 hours before a performance of Swan Lake last week (ends12SEP03) and told her to stay away.

Officials at the Bolshoi deny Volochkova has been sacked, but confirm they have been struggling to find her a partner.

19/09/2003 12:55