Hilary Swank to donate Chechen party appearance fee to charity
Earlier today, Hilary Swank released a statement apologizing for attending the Oct. 5 birthday party for Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov, who faces several allegations of human rights violations. “If I had a full understanding of what this event was apparently intended to be, I would never have gone,” Swank said.
A rep for Swank tells EW the two-time Oscar winner will also donate her personal appearance fees from the event “to various charitable organizations.” Swank has weathered criticism from the Human Rights Watch for going to the event, including calls for her to give back any money she had received for the party in the southern Russian city of Grozny.
Actor Jean-Claude Van Damme and violinist Vanessa Mae also have come under criticism for appearing at the party, but have not made any public statements.