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Tuesday
Aug212012

Hilary Swank Ends Five-Year Relationship

Jason Merritt/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Hilary Swank and her boyfriend John Campisi have called it quits after five years together, reports People.  The pair apparently split earlier in the summer.

Swank has been busy filming Mary & Martha in South Africa and Wilmington, N.C.  The TV movie is written by Richard Curtis of Notting Hill fame and also stars James Woods and Brenda Blethyn.

The 38-year-old Swank was previously married to Pretty Little Liars actor Chad Lowe for 10 years and split from him in 2007.

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Monday
Oct312011

Hilary Swank Sacks Manager for Chechen PR Debacle

Jason Merritt/Getty Images(LONDON) -- Back from her widely criticized appearance to celebrate the controversial Chechen president, Hilary Swank has begun to fire those responsible for arranging her visit.

The UK’s Independent newspaper reported that Swank fired her friend and manager of eight years, Jason Weinberg, whom she thanked during her speech after winning the best-actress Oscar for Million Dollar Baby.

Swank’s rep did not respond immediately to ABC News’ requests for comment.

The two-time Oscar-winning actress had accepted a six-figure fee for her gushing happy birthday wish to Chechnya’s autocratic President Ramzan Kadyrov, who is accused of the torture of dissidents, political assassinations and encouraging citizens to abuse immodestly dressed women.

Also in attendance at the Oct. 5 event were Seal, Jean-Claude Van Damme and violinist Vanessa Mae.

After being widely criticized, Swank, 37, pledged to donate her fee to “various charitable organizations,” and said “[she] deeply regrets attending.”

Prior to the event, Weinberg, whose clients include Madonna, Demi Moore and Lindsay Lohan, reportedly told New York-based organization Human Rights Foundation that Hilary “had no plans to attend.”

Creative Arts Agency reps Amie Yavor, Josh Lieberman and Lauren Hale, who traveled with Hilary to the Grozny event, might be next in line for pink slips, according to reports.

But the Independent said Swank, who earns up to $8 million a film, has no plans to end her relationship with CAA, since her partner of five years, John Campisi, works for the agency.

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Friday
Oct142011

Hilary Swank 'Deeply Regrets' Attending Chechen President's Party

GABRIEL BOUYS/AFP/Getty ImagesHilary Swank has released a statement after being criticized for attending of the birthday party of controversial Chechen Republic President Ramzan Kadyrov.  Kadyrov's human rights abuses, including torture have been documented by various human rights groups.

Swank wrote, "I deeply regret attending this event, which has thrown into question my long and deeply-held commitment to the protection of human rights.  I would never intentionally do anything that raised doubts about such commitment.  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."

Swank's rep explains in a separate statement that the actress was in Grozny City on October 5 to attend the opening of a new residential and commercial complex in southern Russia.  The project was billed as "a symbol of hope for the people of Chechnya," a war-torn region.  At the event, Swank was invited to wish the President a happy birthday, along with other celebrities like Jean Claude Van Damme.  Swank said she was was unaware, at that time, of the allegations against President Kadyrov. Swank added, "If I had a full understanding of what this event was apparently intended to be, I would never have gone."

Two-time Oscar winner Hilary Swank will be donating money she was paid to attend a lavish party thrown by the president of Chechnya, the man accused of committing crimes against humanity including torture, a representative for the star said Friday.

Swank's representative did not say how much Swank was paid to attend the Oct. 5 event, but told ABC News the actress will be donating "her personal appearance fees from this event to various charitable organizations."

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Tuesday
Oct112011

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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Thursday
Oct142010

Gloria Allred Criticizes Oscar-Winner Hilary Swank Over New Film

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- In the new movie Conviction, two-time Oscar-winning actress Hilary Swank portrays the real-life Betty Anne Waters, whose brother Kenny was convicted of murdering a Massachusetts woman, Katharina Brow, in 1980.

Now Swank – whose character gets a law degree to help prove her brother's innocence – has suddenly become the film's second victim.

At a press conference streamed live Thursday afternoon on TMZ.com, feminist lawyer Gloria Allred claimed that neither Swank – an executive producer for the movie – nor the film company ever contacted Brow's children.

Allred said that the children – Melrose and Charles, who were also at the news conference – "want to express their disappointment and anger about what they believe is a failure by the producers of the new movie Conviction to show respect and compassion for their family, when it was the brutal murder of their mother that triggered events which are the basis for this feature film which will be released [Friday]."

Allred described Katharina Brow as a loving mother and grandmother, and a victim of "a cold, heartless and brutal murder."  Kenneth Waters spent 18 years in prison while his sister, who did not have a college degree, put herself through law school so that she could fight for his freedom.

Allred said Swank's description of Conviction during a Larry King interview on CNN as "a feel-good movie" is not a description shared by Brow's children and family.

"The release of Conviction and the press tour that accompanies it does not make them feel good, the fact that their mother is mentioned in it does not make them feel good and the fact that neither Ms. Swank nor anyone else connected to the film has had the decency to contact the family about the terrible tragedy they have suffered does not make them feel good," said Allred.

"[The children] should have been asked if they had any questions about the film and they should have been consulted about any portrayal of their mother and her murder," she said.  "They should also have been asked if they wished to attend a private screening."

Allred – spoofed last weekend on Saturday Night Live as a publicity hound, famous for representing women whose plights quickly became media fodder – announced that she has sent a letter to Swank and hopes for "a positive, thoughtful and caring response."

The letter requests a meeting between the children, Swank and the filmmakers.  "[Melrose's] mother was not just a name, and was not and is not a person who should be used as a line in a script or just a way to make a profit for the entertainment industry," Allred wrote.  The correspondence also included questions that Melrose would have asked the filmmakers had she been contacted.

Allred concedes this is not a legal issue, but a moral one.  "It should be for Hollywood producers to reach out," rather than having the burden fall on the victim's family members to get in touch with Hollywood, said Allred. "You have time to make a movie, you have time to make a phone call."

Allred told ABC News a letter to a victim's family is insufficient.  "There needs to be a conversation," she said.  "Filmmakers should have the courtesy to listen to family members' concerns."

Although Allred said she has hopes for a new moral standard in Hollywood associated with this type of issue, not all legal experts think the matter is so simple.

"A film producer may be reluctant to talk to people not central to or depicted in the movie, because it may start a slippery slope," said Jimmy Nguyen, an entertainment and intellectual property lawyer at Wildman Harrold Allen & Dixon in Los Angeles.

Nguyen cites impracticality – there may be too many people to contact.  "Family members contacted also may request monetary compensation, even though legally there is no obligation," he said.  "And the family may make requests that would complicate making the film."

The key question for filmmakers, said Nguyen, should be, "Whose perspective is being shown?" In the case of Conviction, he said, the focus is on Betty Anne Waters and her brother Kenny.  He also added that the information about Brow used in Conviction was public knowledge, used in court documents.

Allred said she doesn't buy into the argument that producers' lives would be complicated if they reach out to the people in their films. "Nothing is more complicated than the life of a murder victim's family," she said.

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