Wednesday 18 October 2017

Actress's bid to bring kids to US fails

Kelly Rutherford
Kelly Rutherford

Anthony McCartney in Los Angeles

A court order that granted actress Kelly Rutherford temporary custody of her children to allow her to bring them back to the US from Monaco has been halted.

A family law court in Los Angeles halted a ruling by another judge who expressed concerns that Rutherford's former husband violated terms of a 2013 custody order that allowed the children to live abroad.

Rutherford, who starred in 'Melrose Place' and 'Gossip Girl', has accused ex-husband Daniel Giersch of preventing her from seeing their children, which he denies.

A summary of a hearing where Rutherford got custody last week didn't specify how Giersch may have violated the 2013 order.

His lawyer, Fahi Takesh Hallin, filed documents showing that a Monaco court now has jurisdiction over the children and claimed that Rutherford "made fraudulent statements, and lied and made misrepresentations by omission" to gain temporary custody.

The pair have an eight-year-old son and five-year-old daughter together. They were granted a divorce in July 2010.

Judges in Monaco and Los Angeles are scheduled to confer about the case on June 11 and a decision will be made sometime after that date.

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