Those of us who thought that the train wreck custody battle between Kelly Rutherford and her ex-husband Daniel Giersch would eventually become a reboot of Not Without My Daughter were right when she refused to return her kids, Hermes and Helena, back to their dad in Monaco. As part of their custody agreement, Kelly got the kids for the summer in NYC and she was supposed to ship them back to their daddy, but she didn’t.
Daniel’s US Visa was revoked a while ago, but Kelly says that he can use his German passport to come to America to “exercise his parental rights” just as she has done in France and Monaco. So, Hermes and Helena are still in NYC and now their dad is calling Kelly a shameless kidnapper. It’s times like these when I want to thank my dad for busting out on us instead of turning me into a tug ‘o rope by getting into a disaster of a custody fight with my mom. Yes, I’m fucked up, but I may have turned out even more fucked up (yes, that’s possible, I think) if my parents pulled a Kelly and Daniel.
The California courts originally ruled that the kids must live with Daniel (who always gives me the puckers with that pose in the old picture above) in Monaco since he can’t live in the US right now. But the courts in California recently rejected the case, because they say they no longer have jurisdiction over it. Monaco does. The courts in New York said the same thing. Kelly doesn’t believe that any country currently has jurisdiction over her children, so they are currently living in exile. Daniel, obviously, doesn’t agree and his lawyer issued this statement to People:
“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.
He is very concerned about the traumatic impact that Kelly’s behavior will have on the children. 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.”
Kelly has already responded to Daniel’s response. Kelly claims that Daniel is the one who shit on and violated their custody agreement first. Daniel agreed to shared custody with Kelly in 2012. But since he recently filed for sole custody of Hermes and Helena in Monaco, Kelly believes he has violated their original custody agreement.
The tl;dr version of this entire saga is: MESS! MESS! MESS! MESS!
Lifetime is probably going to turn this disaster into a 2-part movie and they’d probably cast Kelly Rutherford in the Emmy worthy role of Kelly Rutherford, but how can she play herself if she’s in jail for snatching her own damn children?! And this goes without saying, but Chris Colfer should totally play Daniel in the Lifetime movie.