According to a press release from the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office, the 46-year-old actor allegedly waited for his ex-girlfriend to leave the house before he "skinned the pet, cooked it and ate half of it while sending her step-by-step pictures of what he did… When she returned the defendant allegedly told her he would do the same to her."
Diatchenko had apparently been living with his ex-girlfriend in their North Hollywood home for some time after they had broken up, according to Deputy District Attorney Lou Holtz.
The actor -- who plays the head Russian on SOA -- allegedly killed and ate the pet rabbit on Dec. 7, after his ex told him that the two should no longer live together.
He has been charged with one felony count of cruelty to an animal with the use of a knife, and one felony count of criminal threats. If convicted as charged, Diatchenko could face a maximum sentence of four years and eight months in prison.
The L.A. County prosecutor will be asking for bail to be set at $90,000 at Diatchenko's arraignment, which is set for Dec. 30.
Diatchenko is best known for playing Russian and Eastern European villains in a number of films, television shows and video games, including Bones, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull and Call Of Duty: Black Ops. Most recently, he had a guest role on the CBS sitcom 2 Broke Girls.