Hilary Swank Breaks With PR Firm After Chechnya Fall-Out

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42West is the latest to leave the actress’ team of advisors after controversial birthday visit to the Chechen despot

The fall-out from Hilary Swank's birthday visit to Chechen president and alleged human rights abuser Ramzan Kadyrov continues.

The two-time Oscar winning actress has parted ways with her public relations firm, 42West, TheWrap has confirmed.

A spokesperson for 42 West declined to comment and Swank's attorney did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

Also read: Hilary Swank Fires CAA Agents, Manager in Wake of Chechen PR Disaster

In the weeks that followed the public relations debacle, Swank has fired her longtime manager Jason Weinberg and her two CAA agents.

Swank was slammed by human-rights groups for attending a 35th birthday celebration for Kadyrov in Chechnya on Oct. 2.  Kadyrov is widely accused of torturing dissidents and killing political opponents.

Swank received a six-figure fee for her appearance, which she donated to charity after the fallout. 

Insiders close to the actress said she thought she was attending the opening of a rebuilt commercial section of formerly war-torn Grozny. 

Other celebrities in attendance at Kadyrov's birthday party include action star Jean-Claude Van Damme and the singer Seal. 

Entertainment Weekly first reported that Swank and 42West had split. 

  • BillJ

    Swank didn’t “break” with her PR company, they dumped her.  Wow, shitty reporting, or maybe you’re trying to spin it so you don’t offend an actress who took blood money from a  thug.