Kelly Rutherford: “Abusive” Judge “Arrested” My Children By Sending Kids Back To Monaco — SEE STATEMENT
Kelly Rutherford says a New York judge was “abusive” and “effectively arrested” her children by forcing them to go back to Monaco.
As Gossip Cop reported, on Tuesday New York Supreme Court Judge Ellen Frances Gesmer ordered Rutherford’s 8-year-old son Hermes and 5-year-old daughter Helena, both U.S. citizens, to return to Monaco to live with their foreign-born father, a few days after the actress skipped the court-ordered deadline to send them back. Rutherford had been granted temporary custody for the summer, and believed that since both California and New York courts recently said they didn’t have jurisdiction, she could not be ordered to send them out of the country. Gesmer, already angry when Rutherford showed up to court this week without the kids, disagreed, and had them sent overseas immediately.
Rutherford broke down outside of court, uttering she had “no words.” But now the “Gossip Girl” star isn’t holding back. In a statement released Wednesday, Rutherford says, “What the judge did yesterday was shocking, illegal, and abusive to my children. Without any legal authority, a judge from the lowest ranking court in the state court system violated the highest ranking deferral constitutional rights of my American citizen children.”
“Knowing she had no authority, Judge Gesmer seized my children and their U.S. passports, and forced them to leave the United States and reside in Monaco, a country where neither they nor I, nor even their father, has citizenship,” she continues. “The children’s father didn’t care enough about the children to be here himself. Contrary to his many false claims, he, like all German citizens, can come to this country anytime on his German passport. But he didn’t bother.”
Rutherford calls out the judge for being “so cruel,” and alleges Geirsch lied to the court by falsely stating he didn’t know his children’s whereabouts. “I told him in writing repeatedly that the children were in New York, safe with me. He Skyped with the children and talked to them many times during the periods when he claimed he did not know the their whereabouts, or whether they were safe. It was all lies to persuade the court to issue an emergency order,” she says.
The star adds, “As for Judge Gesmer, she has to live with herself, and if she has a conscience, I suspect she will not sleep well, ever again.” Rutherford is now expect to travel to Monaco for a September 3 hearing, as Giersch is trying to establish permanent custody there. TELL US: What do you think of Rutherford’s statement?