Kelly Rutherford is taking matters into her own hands! The ‘Gossip Girl’ star chose not to fly her two young kids to Monaco on Friday, Aug. 7, as stipulated by a court-ordered arrangement with ex-husband Daniel Giersch. And she has no intention of doing so.
Kelly Rutherford, 46, is refusing to send her two young children back to her ex-husband, Daniel Giersch, in Monaco, as stipulated by a court-ordered arrangement. They were supposed to board a plane on Friday, Aug. 7, but the Gossip Girl star decided to keep them instead.
“These past three years waiting for my children to come home have been very difficult. My children were forced to leave the United states in 2012 when they were only 2 and 5 years old,” Kelly said in a statement to People magazine. “In May, a judge in California gave me sole custody and brought them home. I am immensely grateful and overjoyed to have them back. Since May, however, the court proceedings have been confusing.”
Kelly was supposed to fly the children back to Monaco on August 7, but she did not put her kids Hermes, 8, and Helena, 6 on the plane. The Gossip Girl star has been on cloud nine since July 3, when they were allowed a summer visit with their mom in the States. But on July 23, a Monaco judge gave German businessman Daniel the right to regain custody of their two children, and the youngsters were ordered to return to the principality.
I Will Not Send My Kids Back To Monaco
Courts in both New York and California have ruled they don’t have jurisdiction over the case, which complicated the custody matters. Kelly went on to say, “No state in this country is currently protecting my children. It also means that no state in this country currently requires me to send the children away. Hence, I have decided that I cannot lawfully send my children away from the United States to live in a foreign country.”
Kelly has gone through years of heartbreak being apart from her children. She’s been forced to fly to Monaco for visits with them, but has not been able to have them live with her in the U.S. for the past three years. Now that the kids are on U.S. soil, she intends on keeping them here. She was said to be distraught and heartbroken as she took her children out for a final dinner on Aug. 6, but it looks like she’s now — defiantly — keeping her kids with her in New York.
“I pray that officials in this country and in Monaco will agree that three years in exile is a very long time in a child’s life, and that my children have a right to remain, once and for all, in the United States.” We couldn’t agree with you more, Kelly!
— Beth Shilliday