The last time I wrote about the trials and tribulations of Kelly Rutherford’s messy international custody fight, a judge in Monaco rejected a California judge’s order which gave her the right to bring her children, Hermes and Helena, back to the US. The judge in Monaco ruled that the California judge can’t decide shit since they don’t have jurisdiction over the case. As everyone knows by now since this story has been dragged out for years, Hermes and Helena currently live in Monaco with their dad and Kelly’s German citizen ex-husband Daniel Giersch. Daniel can’t live in the US, because his Visa was revoked. His Visa was revoked after someone in Kelly’s legal team reported his company’s alleged shady ways to the State Department. Kelly has always denied that. Since the last time I wrote about this mess, Kelly was able to bring her children to NYC for the summer. But summer may end early, because there’s a chance she’ll have to send them back to Monaco.
People says that a judge in Los Angeles ruled today that Kelly can’t fight for custody of her kids in California, because the state doesn’t have jurisdiction over the case. Judge Mark Juhas wrote in his ruling that Hermes and Helena have barely spent time in California, so it doesn’t make sense for the custody battle to happen there. Kelly mostly lives in NYC, but she sometimes lives in L.A. Judge Mark wrote this:
“The Court does not believe that it is obligated to relinquish jurisdiction to Monaco, only that it acknowledge that it no longer has jurisdiction over the children. Given the fact that the children have only spent approximately one week in California in over two years, if these children have any connection to California, it is tenuous at best.”
The custody fight started in 2012 when a judge in California ruled that Hermes and Helena must live with their dad in Monaco since his Visa is now null and void. So Kelly’s lawyer said that they’re disappointed that the California court system wants nothing to do with the case.
“This court set up the current situation whereby my client was forced to live bi-coastally, but now, the court appears to be holding it against her. Likewise, the court created the situation whereby the children would losel their connections to California, and despite the Judgment’s language precluding the passage of time from creating new jurisdiction, that is exactly what has happened.”
Because of today’s ruling, Daniel can ask the judge in Monaco to force Kelly to send their kids back. Kelly can pick up the custody fight in New York if she wants.
Kelly has done almost everything. She’s cried to the media about how her American citizen children’s constitutional rights are being fucked with, she got Dan Abrams to help her, she’s probably watched Not Without My Daughter a dozen times for pointers and she even begged President Obama to put on his Captain Save-A-Ho cape and help her. I don’t know what Kelly is going to do next, but she’s not going to stop. Just like me when I get a serious craving for Andy Capp’s Hot Fries, she’s on a mission and will hit up every 7-Eleven until she gets what she wants. And now I want Andy Capp’s Hot Fries.
These two fancy crazies are going to keep fighting until a judge says, “Um, both of your kids are in college now. We can stop this, you know?”
And here’s Kelly, Hermes, Helena and her new man in NYC a couple of weeks ago.