After nearly three years of court appearances, multiple cameos on Capitol Hill and even a White House petition, actress Kelly Rutherford’s custody battle drew to a dramatic close on Tuesday.
The former star of soapy hits such as “Gossip Girl” and “Melrose Place” has lost custody of her two young children, Helena, 6, and Hermes, 9. Both children were ordered to stay in Monaco with their German father, Daniel Giersch, in a possible final blow to the ex-couple’s drawn out public battle.
As she exited the Monacan court, Rutherford, who founded the Children’s Justice Campaign to help families with similar legal issues, told the waiting paparazzi that she “had no words.” When asked again how she felt, Rutherford, in the crisp white button down and dark glasses that have become her court uniform, answered, “I think like any parent would feel.”
Since 2012, the actress has gone bankrupt, incurring about $1.4. million in legals fees, fighting to keep her two children in the United States after her split from Giersch, a German businessman whose subsequent visa issues barred him from returning to the country. Rutherford has been vocal about her custody battle, granting A-list interviews to Vanity Fair and “Good Morning America” and even starting a White House petition in April that was tweeted by another famous mom: Kim Kardashian West.
Despite gathering more than the 100,000 signatures necessary for an official 1600 Penn. response, the White House declined to jump into the fray, citing the on-going court battle.
“Your petition raises issues that appear to be the subject of ongoing legal proceedings,” read the response, “and that’s why we’re declining to comment on it.”
According to the Daily Mail, Rutherford has filed an appeal.