Hilary Swank Will Donate Her Chechen Party Favors to Charity


A few days ago, human-rights groups began publicly criticizing Hilary Swank's decision to make a paid appearance at the birthday party of Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov, whose administration has been accused of ordering the abductions, torture, and executions of its enemies. No one seems to know the paycheck's exact amount — estimates are somewhere in the high six figures — but whatever it was, it's now going to a good cause. In a Thursday statement, the actress announced that she would donate the money to charity and said she "deeply regret[ted]" her presence at the celebration, "which has thrown into question my long and deeply held commitment to the protection of human rights." Swank's spokeswoman said that she was not aware of Kadyrov's alleged crimes, though that claim has been called "laughable" by the Human Rights Foundation. A representative for that organization says they wrote to Swank's people prior to the event and were told that the actress had no plans to attend. [Wrap]