Some unanswered questions about Hilary Swank and human rights
Hilary Swank attempted a bit of reputation management at the weekend, using Jay Leno’s sofa to issue a fulsome apology for her recent paid appearance at Chechen dictator Ramzan Kadyrov’s 35th birthday party.
During the interview, which you can watch highlights of here, the actress claimed that the trip to Grozny was all a big accident. But she nonetheless accepted that it shouldn’t have happened: “Shame on me,” she said.
To show exactly how sorry she is, Swank pledged back in October that the money she earned from the trip, which is said to extend to six figures, will now be donated to charity. During Friday’s Leno interview, she added that she will also now be taking an active role in campaigning against regimes such as Mr Kadyrov’s. “The silver lining is that I’m actually working with Human Rights Watch now,” she said.
So far, so good. Except for two small points. Firstly, no charity, or non-profit, has yet come forward to confirm receipt of Ms Swank’s appearance fee. There is, as yet, no evidence that it has been handed over, as was originally promised two months ago.
Secondly, and equally curiously, Human Rights watch does not appear to have the slightest idea about what capacity it is now supposed to be collaborating with Ms Swank in.
On Monday, I emailed the noble organisation’s press office to ask whether it really was “working with” the actress. They replied as follows…
We have met with Hilary Swank twice after the Oct 5 gala so that she could educate herself about the situation in Chechnya.
I think at the moment, that is all we can say. I’m afraid we don’t have information about whether she has donated her money to charity…
So questions remain: is Ms Swank actually “working with” Human rights watch? Will her relationship with them extend beyond taking a couple of meetings? What charities have received her tainted money? How much were they paid? And when?
We are alas unable to put these queries to the actress, since she was dumped by her PR agency, 42 West, last month, in the aftermath of the affair. A few days earlier, as this newspaper revealed, she sacked her manager and let go of several members of her team at Hollywood talent agency CAA over the Chechen debacle.Tagged in: BS, hollywood
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