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Hilary Swank, Jean-Claude Van Damme in Trouble with Human Rights Watch

GABRIEL BOUYS/AFP/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Screen actors Hilary Swank and Jean-Claude Van Damme are under scrutiny by the organization Human Rights Watch for attending a birthday party in honor of Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov.

In a statement to The Hollywood Reporter, the group called on the stars who attended the lavish party to reimburse any money they were paid to take part.  Kadyrov has been linked to a string of human rights abuses, according to Human Rights Watch.

Other celebrities invited who did not attend included Shakira, Eva Mendes and Kevin Costner.

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