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Report: Hilary Swank Fires Manager Over Chechen Appearance

Wonderwall, Monday, October 31, 2011, 7:57am (PDT)
  • By Wonderwall Editors

    Part of a manager's job, apparently, is to keep clients from making bad decisions.

    Hilary Swank's manager and longtime friend, Jason Weinberg, failed in that capacity when he allowed the actress to appear at a birthday party for Chechnya's president, Ramzan Kadyrov, so she reportedly fired him. According to the Independent, two of her agents at CAA are expected to be let go next.

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    After news surfaced of Swank's participation in feting a dictator who is believed to have tortured and murdered his political adversaries, she was slammed by human rights advocates.

    "Ramzan Kadyrov is linked to a litany of horrific human rights abuses," Human Rights Watch said in a statement to The Hollywood Reporter three weeks ago. "It's inappropriate for stars to get paid to party with him. It bolsters his image and legitimizes a brutal leader and his regime. And getting paid to be part of such a lavish show in Chechnya trivializes the suffering of countless victims of human rights abuses there."

    RELATED: Actress Swank 'regrets' attending Chechen concert

    Swank later apologized publicly for appearing at the event, which Seal and Jean Claude Van Damme also attended.

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