October 14th, 2011
12:14 PM ET
After apologizing for attending an event hosted by Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov on October 5, Hilary Swank is now giving away the money she received for showing up.
As we've seen in the past, celebrities can be paid by various figures to appear at certain events or to perform, as was the case with stars like Beyonce, Nelly Furtado and Mariah Carey, when they accepted money to entertain members of Moammar Gadhafi's family.
This appears to be what has happened with Hilary Swank, the Oscar winning actress who has been criticized by human rights organizations for showing up at Kadyrov's birthday event, although there are allegations of human rights abuses against him.
The organizations called upon Swank to not keep any money or gifts she may have received in exchange for showing up at the October 5 gathering, and a rep for Swank confirms to CNN that she is indeed giving away the money.
"She is donating her personal appearance fees from this event to various charitable organizations," the statement reads. It does not specify how much she received nor does it detail the charities that will receive the funds.
On Thursday, Swank apologized and claimed she was unaware of the allegations against Kadyrov, and said that she didn't even know she was attending an event that was celebrating his birthday. According to Swank, she went because she thought the shindig was supposed to be "a symbol of hope" for the people of Chechnya, and she says she only told Kadyrov happy birthday because she was asked to and didn't want to be rude.
"If I had a full understanding of what this event was apparently intended to be," Swank said in her apology, "I would never have gone.”
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