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    Hilary Swank Axes Reps After Chechen Party Debacle

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    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.

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    According to multiple reports, including Deadline.com, Swank has dropped her manager of eight years, Jason Weinberg, as well as her longtime CAA agents, Amie Yavor and Josh Lieberman.

    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." 

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    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.

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