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Swank 'Deeply Regrets' Attending Kadyrov Bash

American actress Hilary Swank attends a ceremony to mark the 35th birthday of Ramzan Kadyrov in Grozny on October 5.
American actress Hilary Swank attends a ceremony to mark the 35th birthday of Ramzan Kadyrov in Grozny on October 5.
Academy Award-winning actress Hilary Swank has said she "deeply regrets" her attendance at a concert and party in Grozny, hosted by Chechnya's Moscow-backed leader Ramzan Kadyrov.

Kadyrov is accused by human rights groups of torture, abductions, and killings.

In a written statement, Swank told The Associated Press that she did not know about the accusations against Kadyrov when she agreed to visit Grozny.

"If I had a full understanding of what this event was apparently intended to be, I would never have gone," Swank said.

During the concert, Swank said she had been impressed by the Chechen government's "passion to make peace and to make something beautiful."

The New York-based Human Rights Watch (HRW) had criticized Swank -- as well as Belgian action star Jean-Claude Van Damme and British violinist Vanessa-Mae -- for attending a show that "trivializes the suffering of countless victims of human rights abuses."

The AP said representatives for Van Damme and Vanessa-Mae have not responded to requests for comment. HRW has asked the stars to return any money they were paid for attending the concert.

The group has also reportedly sent an inquiry to the British singer Seal, who performed two songs at the concert, which coincided with Kadyrov's 35th birthday.

with agency reports

WATCH: Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov hosted an extragavant party on October 5, attended by entertainers Jean-Claude Van Damme, Hilary Swank, and Vanessa-Mae. (Reuters video)

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October 06, 2011
Chechen President Ramzan Kadyrov hosted an extragavant party for his 35th birthday on October 5, rebranded as Grozny's "City Day" to celebrate the opening of a new downtown real estate development. Hollywood actors Jean-Claude Van Damme and Hilary Swank were among the celebrity guests. Reuters video
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by: Jorjo from: Florida
October 13, 2011 15:36
With all my respect for Swank, she is a fine actress and all, this respect has taken a nosedive lately and her latest statement is just another low point. She was repeatedly warned about her possible appearance at Kadyrov's birthday bash. So, her excuses and regrets now are of little worth. As any clever sociopath, Kadyrov can charm whoever he wants, if Swank chose to fall prey to his charm (for whatever reasons - monetary or else) - that's her problem, not Kadyrov's.

by: andreas drexler from: mattoon, IL
October 13, 2011 16:51
well, we don't place much priority on our actresses' IQs; this story shows yet again why.

by: stu pid from: aaaaa
October 13, 2011 20:37
pfff... as if they didn't know where they were going...
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by: Beck
October 14, 2011 11:33
They did. Neither the USA nor Russia stopped them. Logically, it means both of the countries support terrorist regime established and controlled by Russia in Chechnya. You don't see the US actors attending high-profile birthday parties in Iran or North Korea. Poor North Caucasus people the only fault is they love their freedom more than their life.
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by: Waffen SS
October 15, 2011 23:00
Create a few puppet regimes controlled from Moscow who kill Muslims and then report in the HRW of how bad the "Muslim" regimes are. Forgetting that finances and weaponry comes from Moscow and Chechnya doesn't have any military industrial complex. Plus, "Oh-no, how could they do that?"-routine.

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