When invitations to the birthday celebration for Chechen Republic President Ramzan Kadyrov were sent to various celebrities, a number of them RSVP’d no.
Kevin Costner couldn’t make it because of scheduling conflicts. According to the Hollywood Reporter, both Eva Mendes and Shakira declined as well.
But Hilary Swank said yes. And her decision to attend the lavish, Oct. 5 concert/bash for a leader accused of numerous human rights violations has invited strong criticism.
The Human Rights Foundation, an organization focused on the global defense of human rights, has come down hard on Swank and other stars who attended the party — Jean Claude Van Damme was there, as was British violist Vanessa Mae, who also performed and was reportedly paid $500,000 to do so. Continue reading Could the Chechen party controversy damage her reputation?