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Kelly Rutherford Explains Her Desperate Attempt to Keep Her Kids in the U.S.: 'My Son Started Saying, "Mommy, I'm Afraid" '
Originally posted 08/19/2015 09:00AM
On Aug. 6 Kelly Rutherford was supposed to put her children Hermes, 8, and Helena, 6, on a plane back to Monaco where they've been living with their father Daniel Giersch, for the last three years. Instead, the actress made a controversial decision and refused to return her kids.
"They were totally great the entire time. We were painting, horseback riding," Rutherford tells PEOPLE. "Then right when they knew they were going to go back, they got really panicky. My daughter was crying, my son started saying, 'Mommy, I'm afraid.' "
So Rutherford had to act quickly.
Kelly Rutherford's Emergency Writ to Get Kids Back Dismissed as Her Lawyer Tells PEOPLE: 'Nobody Spoke Up for the Children'
Originally posted 08/17/2015 02:35PM
A federal judge has rejected Kelly Rutherford's last-minute attempt to get her children back after a state court ordered last week that they return to their father in Monaco.
Court records show that Rutherford, 46, filed an emergency writ in federal court Aug. 11 in an attempt to get her son Hermes, 8, and daughter Helena, 6, back – just a few hours after a New York Supreme Court judge sent them to live with her ex-husband Daniel Giersch in Monaco.
The judge denied Rutherford's petition and tossed the suit that same day on the grounds that the case was a state matter, court records show.
Originally posted 08/14/2015 10:30AM
ABC Latest News | Latest News Videos Kelly Rutherford says she believes her children's voices "have not been heard" after a New York judge sent them back to Monaco this week.
"I walked into a courtroom where everything felt like it was already done. It was a done deal," Rutherford told Good Morning America's Robin Roberts on Friday morning. "His mother was sitting there with plane tickets, smiling, ready to take them."
Son Hermes, 8, and daughter Helena, 6, left for the airport with their paternal grandmother Tuesday straight from the courtroom. Initially, Rutherford did not fully comply with the judge's order by arriving at the hearing alone, saying she wanted to protect the children from media exposure.
Kelly Rutherford Calls Court Order Sending Kids Back to Monaco 'Shocking, Illegal and Abusive to My Children'
Originally posted 08/12/2015 04:05PM
A day after she kissed her children goodbye in a New York courtroom, Kelly Rutherford is slamming the judge who ordered that they return to Monaco to be with their father.
Originally posted 08/12/2015 12:30PM
A Connecticut woman says she rescued Kelly Rutherford's daughter from nearly drowning in a hotel swimming pool in Bermuda in 2012 while the child was in the care of her father, Rutherford's ex-husband Daniel Giersch.
"I observed Helena fall into the hotel pool and nearly drown," Layla Lisiewski, a former Merrill Lynch trader turned artist, says in an affidavit exclusively obtained by PEOPLE. The court document was filed in 2012 as part of Rutherford's custody battle with Daniel Giersch.
Lisiewski says in the affidavit that Giersch only realized what was happening after she had jumped in the pool and pulled the little girl out.
"As soon as the man [Giersch] saw me holding his daughter, who was still whimpering, he jumped over and ran to us," the affidavit says of the German businessman. "He appeared terrified and took Helena from my arms."
Attorney for Kelly Rutherford's Ex Says Kids Were 'Happy' as They Kissed Her Goodbye: 'It Was Done Very Civilly'
Originally posted 08/11/2015 03:25PM
After spending six weeks with their mother in New York, Kelly Rutherford's children were sent back to Monaco to reunite with their father – despite the Gossip Girl star's last-ditch effort to keep them on American soil.
Kelly Loses Her Kids: Angry Judge Orders a Distraught Rutherford's Children Be Returned to Monaco Immediately
Originally posted 08/11/2015 11:05AM
Kelly Rutherford's children are on their way back to Monaco with their paternal grandmother after a New York Supreme Court judge upheld the custody order Tuesday.
The actress appeared in court this morning to face the consequences of refusing to send her children back to Monaco on Friday.
"Basically nothing has changed. The court order in California that was then entered in Monaco remains consistent, the children primarily reside with Mr. Giersch in Monaco," Ira Garr, an attorney for Rutherford's ex-husband Daniel Giersch, told reporters after the hearing Tuesday. "Ms. Rutherford is free to visit anytime she wants and she has certain specified times under the agreement, but she had indicated at one point that she would like to come at the end of the summer so they can take the children to school together. He has been perfectly accommodating to whatever request she has made. He just wanted to make sure the children were coming back as they were supposed to."
Garr and Giersch's other lawyer, Robert Michaels, said Rutherford also gave Giersch's mother the children's U.S. passports.
Wearing a crisp white shirt and pants and a cream cardigan wrapped across her shoulders, Rutherford looked somber as she entered the courtroom alone – she initially did not bring her children, a move that angered the judge on the case.
Originally posted 08/10/2015 06:30PM
Kelly Rutherford is facing the consequences of refusing to send her kids back to Monaco on Friday.
Kelly Rutherford Fires Back After Ex Accuses Her of Kidnapping Their Children: 'We Just Want to See Each Other and Be Together'
Originally posted 08/10/2015 09:00AM
Kelly Rutherford's ex-husband Daniel Giersch is calling her decision not to fly their two kids back to Monaco "child abduction."
Kelly Rutherford Refuses to Return Her Kids to Monaco: 'My Children Have a Right to Remain, Once and For All, in the United States'
Originally posted 08/07/2015 08:40PM
Kelly Rutherford is taking her custody battle into her own hands.
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