From here on out, Google should be Hilary Swank's best friend. The two-time Oscar winner seriously damaged her reputation after reportedly accepting a huge payday to appear at an Oct. 5 birthday celebration for Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov, who is accused of human rights abuses.
A few years ago, her attendance probably wouldn't have been noticed, but thanks to a YouTube video of Swank personally wishing Kadyrov a happy birthday, the story was soon everywhere.
Hilary's response was to plead ignorance about Kadyrov's reputation, despite the fact that a human rights group had warned her team about him weeks before the visit.
"I deeply regret attending this event," Swank said. "If I had a full understanding of what this event was apparently intended to be, I would never have gone."
Hilary followed up by saying she intended to donate her appearance fee to charity, but it remains unclear whether she's actually handed over the cash to a good cause.
In the wake of the scandal, Swank fired several members of her management team, and was in turn fired by her PR firm, ostensibly because she wouldn't accept responsibility for the image-tarnishing mistake.