Kelly Rutherford’s Ex-Husband Daniel Giersch Accuses Her of “Child Abduction”

Kelly Rutherford
Kelly Rutherford has refused to send her two children, Hermes and Helena, back to Monaco to live with their father, Daniel Giersch. Eugene Gologursky/Getty Images

The fight continues. After Kelly Rutherford announced on Friday, Aug. 7, that she would not be sending her two children — son Hermes, 8, and daughter Helena, 6 — back to Monaco to live with their father, her ex-husband Daniel Giersch, the German businessman has thrown new accusations at the Gossip Girl star. 

Giersch's attorney, Fahi Takesh Hallin, released a statement to Us Weekly about the actress’ decision, saying: "Daniel will continue to protect the children from any harm and any media exposure. Unfortunately Kelly has now added child abduction to extortion and false statements on her list of actions. Daniel will make sure that the children's safety and well being will be restored as soon as possible.” 

Giersch’s lawyer went on to note that he believes that Rutherford’s behavior throughout the lengthy custody battle could negatively affect their children.

Kelly Rutherford and Daniel Giersch in 2006
Kelly Rutherford and Daniel Giersch in 2006 John Sciulli/

“He is very concerned about the traumatic impact that Kelly's behavior will have on the children,” the statement continued. “Kelly was to have delivered the children in France to their father on August 7, 2015. Child abduction is a crime, and everyone involved in kidnapping or abducting the children will face the appropriate legal consequences. Anyone associating themselves with Kelly and her abduction is violating the law."

Rutherford, 46, who has been publicly battling her ex for custody of their kids since their 2010 split, originally released a statement explaining her decision not to return Hermes and Helena to Giersch. 

"In May, a judge in California gave me sole custody and brought them home,” Rutherford wrote. “I am immensely grateful and overjoyed to have them back. Since May, however, the court proceedings have been confusing. My ex-husband recently filed for sole custody in Monaco after causing my children to be declared ‘habitual residents’ there, even though he agreed with California in 2012 that the children’s time in France and Monaco would be temporary, and that the children would retain exclusive citizenship and residency in the United States. I trusted my ex-husband’s agreement, and cannot now send them away in light of the legal actions taken in Monaco in violation of that agreement by my ex-husband.”

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