Kelly Rutherford, “Gossip Girl’s Lily van der Woodsen”, lost a custody battle she has been fighting for since 2012.
The heartbreaking news came after a U.S. federal court decided her children should reside with their father until they reach legal age.
The battle for the custody of the children of Kelly Rutherford started in August 2012. The case was for the custody of her 8-year-old son, Hermes, and 5-year-old daughter, Helena.
The actress and her ex-husband were supposed to share the custody of their children. However, Geirsch was no longer allowed to fly to the United States after he went back to Europe. Because of the ruling, Kelly Rutherford had to fly to France from now and then to see her children. Due to the expenses of the case, Kelly Rutherford has to file bankruptcy in 2013. If she would have won the case, the actress could have been allowed to bring the kids back to the United States, reported Fox News.
Her children currently reside in France together with her ex-husband Daniel Giersch. An interview with ABC News on Tuesday was conducted where Kelly Rutherford said, “I know it’s not right. Parents know … Everyone knows it’s not right.” Rutherford also added, “I could sit here and tell you how often I cry. I can tell you how it feels to leave my kids in a foreign country, to go see them after not seeing them for weeks on end, not being able to take them to school, pick them up from school, dress them, smell them, hug them.” She also added, “I told my son, ‘Mommy is still fighting for you.’ My children… not only were they taken away, they were sent to a foreign country.”
Meanwhile, ABC News legal analyst Dan Abrams said that the result of the case is so crazy as there was no allegation about Rutherford being a bad mother. He also said, “The heart of the ruling was basically saying we don’t want to force these kids to fly around to visit their father who can’t come into the United States so we’re just going to move them to France.”
In response to inquiries regarding the custody battle, Daniel Giersch’s attorney sent ABC News a statement that read,“Daniel Giersch continues to protect the children from any negativity and therefore will continue to not engage in any of these unfortunate and false media fabrications which only serve one person but clearly not the children.”
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