Celebrity PR powerhouse 42West dropped client Hilary Swank after the actress made a paid appearance at the birthday of Chechen strongman-president Ramzan Kadyrov.

Entertainment Weekly reported that Leslee Dart's PR firm and Swank disagreed on how to handle fallout from the Oct. 5 event.

The U.K.'s Independent reported this week that Swank fired her manager after the scandal broke, revealing that she took a six-figure fee to attend the birthday event with other celebs like Seal and Jean-Claude Van Damme.

The New York Times notes Kadyrov has made Chechnya "one of the more stable republics in the restive North Caucasus region ... but only at the expense of widespread human rights violations, including abductions, torture and assassinations, according to international critics."