Swank Not the First to Party With Bad Guys

Actress sorry, claim she wasn't aware it was a birthday celebration
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 13, 2011 10:12 AM CDT
Updated Oct 13, 2011 10:55 AM CDT
American actress Hilary Swank attends a concert in the new "Grozny City" residential and commercial complex in the Chechen capital Grozny late Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2011.   (AP Photo/Musa Sadulayev)

(Newser) – Well, that didn’t take long: Hilary Swank has officially apologized for celebrating the birthday of Chechnya's leader, a charming fellow accused of kidnappings, torture, and killings. But she can take comfort in the fact that she's not exactly a trailblazer when it comes to stars rubbing shoulders with questionable figures. Newser rounds up a few other celebrities who have been derided for their choice of company:

As for Swank, "I deeply regret attending this event," she said in a statement to the AP today. "If I had a full understanding of what this event was apparently intended to be, I would never have gone." Swank, who was spotted along with other celebrities including Jean Claude Van Damme at a concert held as part of Ramzan Kadyrov’s birthday festivities, says the concert invite did not mention Kadyrov’s birthday. (Read more Hilary Swank stories.)

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