Kelly Rutherford Posed “Abduction” Risk With Kids, Ruled Judge

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Kelly Rutherford is not to be trusted, and would likely take her two kids and flee to the U.S., according to the judge who presided over the custody case between the actress and her ex-husband Daniel Giersch in Monaco. The noted in his ruling there was “a strong risk of the children’s abduction and retention in the United States.” And there was reason for that decision.

As Gossip Cop previously reported, the final ruling in the long and contentious custody battle also states Rutherford can never bring 9-year-old Hermes and 6-year-old Helena to the U.S. for visits, permitting her to only visit them in France and Monaco, where they live with their dad. The former “Gossip Girl” star and Giersch, as per the judge’s decision, will split custody of the children during Christmas, spring and summer vacations, and also jointly make decisions regarding their children’s schooling, religious upbringing, health, and should there be “any change of residence.” In addition, Rutherford will also receive approximately $3,281 in monthly child support payments.

The judge’s harsh ruling seems to stem from Rutherford’s refusal in August to send the children back to Monaco. As Gossip Cop noted at the time, Rutherford was awarded temporary custody last summer and permitted to have her children visit her in the U.S. for the first time in years. But she willfully ignored the August 6 deadline to return the children to Monaco, later releasing a statement claiming she wasn’t obligated to because courts in New York and California said they didn’t have jurisdiction over the case. Days later, however, a Manhattan Supreme Court ruled that the children had to fly back to Monaco.

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