Entertainment Weekly reports that 42West has dumped one of its celebrity clients, Hilary Swank, over a crisis response disagreement.
Hilary Swank has been catching major heat over her October 5 appearance at a party for Chechen president and alleged baddie Ramzan Kadyrov. He’s accused by human rights watchers of torture, kidnapping, and other atrocities. During her appearance, Swank said Kadyrov’s government has a “passion to make peace and to make something beautiful.”
Heidi Klum’s hubby Seal and Jean-Claude Van Damme also went to the party.
It’s been reported that Hilary Swank did some dumping of her own, getting rid of the staff that booked the gig.
The Human Rights Foundation told The Hollywood Reporter that they tried to warn Swank. Now she has apologized and said that she’ll donate the money she received for the appearance to charity. In her apology, Swank said if she knew what the event really was, she “would never have gone.”
There are lessons to be learned here. First, pay attention to what your publicists/people are telling you. If Swank didn’t understand what she was saying yes to, she shouldn’t have said yes. Second, read the newspaper. That would’ve been one way to learn more about the guest of honor.