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'The Obsession' Lifetime movie: Possibly inspired by true story of Jose Macedo

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"The Obsession" is a 2006 Lifetime movie that is most likely inspired by the true story of Jose Anibal Macedo aka Anibal Macedo. Directed by David Winkler and produced by Obsession Street Pictures, the Lifetime flick stars Daphne Zuniga, Sebastian Spence and Elise Gatien, according to Radio Times.

"The Obsession" synopsis/plot

A ballet teacher becomes obsessed with one of his underage ballet students.

As stated by the Movies Based On True Stories Archives/Database, the movie is most likely inspired by a major case involving a ballet teacher's obsession with one of his students.

Court records show that Ellicott City ballet dance instructor Jose Anibal Macedo, 41, was arrested and sentenced to six years in prison for sexually assaulting one of his female students. Jose Anibal Macedo worked as a dance instructor at the Annapolis Ballet Company, according to The Baltimore Sun.

According to the Movies Based On True Stories Archives/Database, the producers could have used the widely-known case as a model for the movie. Jose Anibal Macedo was well-respected ballet teacher, who even won the confidence of the victim's mother. Jose Anibal Macedo wore a brace and a cane during his highly-publicized 2003 trial.