Hilary Swank is cleaning house.
After the sharp chiding she received from human rights activists after attending a party for Chechen President (and reputed despot) Ramzan Kaydrov, the two-time Oscar winner isn't taking any more chances with her image.
In a statement following her appearance at the concert, Swank said, "I deeply regret attending this event, which has thrown into question my long and deeply-held commitment to the protection of human rights."
In return for a six-figure paycheck, Swank took to the stage to wish Kaydrov a happy birthday, saying, "Really, truly, for me this was a great honor to learn more about you and your country and what you're building. Happy birthday, Mr. President."
Swank vowed to earmark whatever money she received for a charitable organization.
Jean-Claude Van Damme and Vanessa Mae also took heat from Human Rights Watch for their attendance at the event, which Kadyrov insisted was not a party in recognition of his birth but of the city of Grozny's rebirth, but no one besides Swank has issued a mea culpa.
"I love you, Mr. Kadyrov!" was how Van Damme concluded his speech to the leader.
Kadyrov was appointed president of Chechnya by Russia's then-president Vladimir Putin in 2007. He has been credited with suppressing a violent insurgency, but his methods, rumored to be brutal, have been questioned by HRW and other critics.