Longtime manager Jason Weinberg has been let go; CAA reps Amie Yavor and Josh Lieberman also kicked off team
Widely rebuked for helping celebrate a brutal Chechen dictator's birthday last month, Hilary Swank has embarked on an internal housecleaning of her personal representation, TheWrap has confirmed.
According to an individual close to the Oscar-winning actress, she has fired Jason Weinberg, her friend and manager for the last eight years.
The moves come three weeks after human rights groups blasted Swank, along with Jean-Claude Van Damme, violinist Vanessa Mae and singer Seal, for attending the 35th birthday party of Chechnya's president, Ramzan Kadyrov.
Kadyrov is widely accused of torturing dissidents and killing political opponents.
The Swank insider disputed key aspects of these reports, saying the event Swank attended wasn't a birthday party for Kadyrov but a local "real-estate event" in which the controversial statesman happened to be attending.
Swank was seen on video from the event wishing Kadyrov a "happy birthday," however.
"It's unfortunate she went," the individual said. "She had no idea what she was getting into."
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