Kelly Rutherford Wins Sole Custody of 2 Children Amid Years-Long Legal Battle …

25 May 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Gossip Girl Star Kelly Rutherford Granted Sole Custody of Kids.

Gossip Girl star Kelly Rutherford has won her three-year custody battle to return her young children to the US after they were ordered to stay in France with their father. “We are ecstatic, and hopeful that Monaco will respect the California court’s ruling and send the children home. 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,” Rutherford’s lawyer Wendy Murphy told People magazine. Actress Kelly Rutherford, who played Lily van der Woodsen on Gossip Girl, was given a bit of good news over the weekend: A California judge granted her sole custody of her children, eight-year-old Hermes and five-year-old Helena.

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. PEOPLE reported that a former lawyer for Rutherford had told the State Department Giersch was involved in illegal activity, resulting in the revocation of his U.S. visa.

If the citizenship shoe were on the other foot and these children were citizens of Monaco, I have no doubt the United States would respect their right to reside in Monaco. Giersch was supposed to reapply for a visa; a State Department spokesperson told PEOPLE he never did. “I’ve always wanted my kids to have a relationship with him, and I’ve really only encouraged that all along. When I went into court, I never asked for money, and I never asked for full custody,” she told PEOPLE in April. “I just wanted what was right for them and their well-being moving forward. Kim Kardashian, 34, Kris Jenner, 59, Ed Westwick, 27, Michelle Trachtenberg, 29, and more stood by Kelly’s side and supported her White House petition to get her kids back.

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