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Hilary Swank may have built an image for herself as a smiley Hollywood sweetheart, but if you mess with her partying or her politics, it's no more Miss Nice Girl.
Swank recently came under fire for attending the birthday celebration of Chechan dictator Ramzan Kadyrov, for which she reportedly received a six-figure paycheck. A video of Swank's participation in the festivities, including a speech where she praised the accused human rights violator's "passion to make peace," as well as the country's citizens, whom she described as "so happy," has been posted on YouTube, where it has been viewed tens of thousands of times.
The actress, who was joined at the celebration by Jean-Claude Van Damme and Seal, has since apologized for her actions and offered to donate her fee to charity. But how, other than Googling strangers who invite her to parties, can she ever be sure that a similar mistake won't be made in the future? By firing everyone that may have been remotely involved, obviously.
The Independent reports that Swank has canned her longtime friend and manager, Jason Weinberg, two of her reps at CAA, and is looking to cut ties with any other staffer who she believes could have prevented the PR nightmare.
With any luck, the employees she ditched can still find work with the evening's other guests, none of whom have apologized for attending the celebration.