Friday, May 24, 2013
The party is over for Oscar winner Hilary Swank. The actress is doing some major backpedaling after attending a birthday concert celebration for Chechen President Ramzan Kaydrov. Unfortunately, the guest of honor has been accused of murdering and torturing members of his opposition. Apparently, Swank's knowledge of these foreign affairs is limited or she never would have turned out to support Kadryov... at least that's what she's saying now. After coming under fire for her attendance, Swank is showing some serious remorse for her presence. Swank issued the following statement, "I deeply regret attending this event, which has thrown into question my long and deeply-held commitment to the protection of human rights. I would never intentionally do anything that raised doubts about such commitment. I will continue to donate my time and my financial resources not only to the charities with which I am currently affiliated, but also those dedicated to the preservation of human rights. If I had a full understanding of what this event was apparently intended to be, I would never have gone." Other celebrities in attendance were Jean-Claude Van Damme and Vanessa Mae. So far they've made no mention about their attendance. During her speech at the concert, she praised the Chechen government for its "passion to make peace and to make something beautiful."