By Jeff Labrecque
Updated October 13, 2011 at 01:48 PM EDT
Credit: Musa Sadulayev/AP Images

Two-time Oscar winner Hilary Swank apologized for attending a birthday party for Ramzan Kadyrov, the Chechen leader suspected of terror and murder in the southern Russian republic. Human Rights Watch criticized Swank, as well as Jean Claude Van Damme and British violinist Vanessa Mae, for lending their celebrity to the event in Grozny on Oct. 5. “If I had a full understanding of what this event was apparently intended to be, I would never have gone,” Swank said. For her complete statement, click below: