‘Gossip Girl’ mom granted temporary sole custody of two children

25 May 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Actress Kelly Rutherford’s children must be returned to US, judge says.

On Friday a California judge granted the Gossip Girl star custody of eight-year-old son Hermes and six-year-old daughter Helena, who have been living in France and Monaco with their father Daniel Giersch since 2012. It comes after much campaigning which saw the likes of Kim and Kelly’s Gossip Girl co-stars Ed Westwick and Chace Crawford coming forward in support of her winning her children back by urging their fans to sign a petition which, if it reached 100,000 signatures, would be reviewed by policy-makers at the White House.

The kids will soon return to Los Angeles to be with their mother during the custody battle proceedings, provided the Monaco courts honour the California ruling. “We are ecstatic, and hopeful that Monaco will respect the California court’s ruling and send the children home,” Rutherford’s lawyer Wendy Murphy told People. “It has long been our position that Monaco has no jurisdiction because Hermes and Helena, as American citizens, have an absolute right to live in their own country.” Initially the couple shared joint custody of the children but when Giersch’s US visa was revoked in 2012 he returned to Europe. The expense of the ongoing legal battles caused the actress to file for bankruptcy. “What we don’t understand is why they had to be sent to a foreign country,” Murphy told Fox News in April. “It’s an unprecedented cause and we’re not giving up…we will never give up.” Their legal wrangling came to a head after Kelly alleged Giersch would not allow her to see her children unless she gave their U.S. passports to “a neutral person”, someone she claimed was one of his attorneys. The on-going fight has been incredibly painful for Rutherford, who has sought support from her celebrity friends and the public. “I know it’s not right,” she told Good Morning America in April. “Parents know — everyone knows it’s not right.

Not being able to bring them from school and pick them up from school, dress them, hug them, smell them.” The battle started back in 2010 when Rutherford and her German ex-husband Giersch divorced. Following the news that Rutherford had been granted temporary custody, Kim Kardashian, who had previously lent her voice to helping the TV star’s fight, reached out in support.

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