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Hilary Swank dropped by PR team after party foul

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PR team wants distance from Hilary Swank

Hilary Swank is without a publicity firm after hers dropped the actress in the wake of a human rights scandal.

PR team wants distance from Hilary Swank

Oscar-winning actress Hilary Swank is still feeling the fall out from an ill-advised trip to the birthday party of notorious Chechen President Ramzan Kadyrov. First, she parted ways with her manager, Jason Weinberg and her two CAA agents over the flub. Now? She's no longer represented by celebrity publicity firm 42West, according to Reuters.

However, the Million Dollar Baby actress has not fired her lawyer, Jeff Bernstein. He reportedly also had a big influence on her six-figure jaunt to the war-torn country.

Swank came under fire after she was videotaped giving a gracious birthday speech to Kadyrov.

"Really, truly, for me this was a great honor to learn more about you and your country and what you're building," Swank said. "Happy birthday, Mr. President."

Action star Jean Claude Van Damme was also there, but Swank was the one blasted by human rights groups.

"Hilary Swank obviously has the right to earn a living entertaining the highest bidder, but this sort of venality should be exposed — especially after claiming she was not going," said Human Rights Foundation president Thor Halvorssen in a statement. "Would she have accepted an invitation to entertain Pinochet? Al-Qaeda? The apartheid government in Pretoria? We must remember the disgrace Mariah Carey, Nelly Furtado, Beyonce and 50 Cent were exposed to after singing for Gaddafi's family and earning millions of dollars for it."

She later promised to donate her fee to charity and gave an apologetic statement — more or less.

"I deeply regret attending this event, which has thrown into question my long and deeply-held commitment to the protection of human rights," Swank said.

"I would never intentionally do anything that raised doubts about such commitment," she continued. "I will continue to donate my time and my financial resources not only to the charities with which I am currently affiliated, but also those dedicated to the preservation of human rights. If I had a full understanding of what this event was apparently intended to be, I would never have gone."

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