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First she apologized; now her publicists say she is donating the money. In response to a query from the Hollywood Reporter, Hilary Swank’s representative said the Oscar-winning actress will give fees she received for attending a controversial celebration in Chechnya “to various charitable organizations.”
Miss Swank has drawn criticism for attending the Oct. 5 government-organized 35th birthday bash for Kremlin-backed Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov, who, according to human rights groups, has been linked to torture, abductions and killings.
“I deeply regret attending this event,” Miss Swank said. “If I had a full understanding of what this event was apparently intended to be, I would never have gone.”
Miss Swank issued the message after Human Rights Watch and other groups criticized her - along with actor Jean-Claude Van Damme, singer Seal and British violinist Vanessa Mae - for attending the show. All the performers were paid to appear at the event.
Mr. Kadyrov has consistently denied wrongdoing, saying accusations against him were fabricated.
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