Kelly Rutherford: I REFUSE To Send My Kids Back to Monaco
Kelly Rutherford is refusing to send her kids back to Monaco, willfully ignoring the court-ordered date for custody to return to ex-husband Daniel Giersch.
As Gossip Cop has reported, 8-year-old son Hermes and 6-year-old daughter Helena came back to the United States last month for the first time since 2012, when a judge ordered them to live overseas with Giersch. The exes have spent the last three years warring over custody, and a different judge previously ruled that the children should spent the summer with Rutherford in the U.S., giving her temporary custody. It was stipulated, however, that they would have to go back to Monaco on August 6, which was Thursday.
But that did not happen, and Rutherford is attributing her decision to “confusing” court proceedings and her belief that U.S. citizens should not be forcibly “exiled” from their own country. Both New York and California recently ruled that they don’t have jurisdiction over the case, and Rutherford is now arguing that “means 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,” she says. “Hence, I have decided that I cannot lawfully send my children away from the United States to live in a foreign country.”
Rutherford goes on to note, “I believe Monaco appreciates why it cannot assert jurisdiction over my children, and that Monaco will respect my children’s right to reside in their own country. I hope that this decision will end this painful litigation, and that my children will be allowed to live in peace in their own country.’
“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,” she adds. Giersch has not yet commented on Rutherford’s move, and the legality of it is unclear. Gossip Cop will continue to have updates.