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Hilary Swank attends a concert in the Chechen capital of Grozny in this Oct. 5, 2011 file photo.
Two-time Oscar winning actor Hilary Swank and action movie star Jean-Claude Van Damme may have played some nefarious characters in their time, but according to human rights groups, it was a real-life villain who happily welcomed the two celebrities to a big bash in Chechnya this week.
Both Swank and Van Damme, along with violinist Vanessa Mae, jetted off to the Chechen capital of Grozny Wednesday to attend a celebration that coincided with the thirty-fifth birthday of Chechen president Ramzan Kadyrov, the man accused of ordering the abductions and deaths of rebel figures and having personally -- and enthusiastically -- participated in torture.
Van Damme appeared on stage where he performed some martial arts moves before giving a speech in which he yelled, "I love you, Mr. Kadyrov," according to a BBC report.
Swank was seen smiling at other performances as she sat in the audience in a report by Euronews.
"Really, truly, for me this was a great honor to learn more about you and your country and what you're building," Swank said when she took the stage. "And happy birthday, Mr. President."
Orlov stood by his allegation that Kadyrov is guilty of the July 2009 murder of Natalya Estemirova because of the atmosphere of fear and impunity he has fostered in Chechnya. He stressed he did not accuse Kadyrov of direct complicity.
Originally posted by caladonea
Money, money, money,.....for the money! From what I have heard.......those overseas gigs...pay big bucks.
However...I must say that those celebrities are not doing their own reputations any favors.....they have lost the respect of many...who will no longer be fans of theirs...and pay to see or hear anything they are in.