Hilary Swank, Jean-Claude Van Damme Slammed for Attending Chechen President's Birthday Party

USMagazine, Tuesday, October 11, 2011, 4:05pm (PDT)

Not exactly PC!

Hilary Swank and Jean-Claude Van Damme are under fire for attending the Oct. 5 birthday party of Chechen President Ramzan Kadyrov, reports.

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According to the, the Human Rights Foundation reports that Kadyrov -- who was appointed by Vladimir Putin in 2007 -- has been accused of employing disappearances, torture and executions.

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In a statement released by the Human Rights Foundation, as excerpted by, the organization's president, Thor Halvorssen, said that HRF had sent the Million Dollar Baby actress a letter in September, warning her of Kadyrov's alleged misdeeds. At the time, Halvorssen claims, Swank's representative replied that the actress wasn't planning to attend the soiree. However, Swank, 37, as well as Van Damme, 50, can be seen in video of the event. 

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While Halvorssen acknowledged that the actress "has a right to earn a living entertaining the highest bidder," he said "this sort of venality should be exposed -- especially after she claimed she was not going."

According to, Swank's representative did not respond immediately to their request for comment.

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