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Hilary Swank splits from PR firm

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Actress Hilary Swank has split from her public relations firm 42West. The split, instigated by the firm, has been attributed to the actress attending the birthday party of Chechen president Ramzan Kadyrov on Oct. 2. Swank was criticized for this visit by human-rights groups. Kadyrov is known for utilizing torture and killing political opponents. Swank fired her manager of eight years Jason Weinberg shortly afterward. She apologized for attending the event and donated the money she received for her appearance to charity. “If I had a full understanding of what this event was apparently intended to be,” she said, “I would never have gone.” Sources close to the actress said she thought she was attending the opening of a rebuilt commercial section in the region. One person Swank did not fire was her lawyer Jeff Bernstein, who reportedly played a significant role in the Chechnya visit. Singer Seal and actor Jean-Claude Van Damme also attended the party. Neither Bernstein nor spokespeople for 42West have commented.