Yesterday Kelly Rutherford appeared in a New York court, where it was ruled that, since Monaco had jurisdiction of the custody case involving her two children, the Monaco court’s ruling had to be upheld. Monaco had ordered the children returned on August 7, 2015, so she was forced to send her children abroad. Her ex-husband, Daniel Giersch, had sent his mother to accompany the children on their flight back to Monaco.
Daniel’s US attorney, Ira Garr, told reporters after the hearing:
The kids didn’t seem to look like they missed a beat. They were happy, they kissed their mother goodbye, they were happy to see their grandmother, they had smiles on their face. And by the way, they’re two beautiful little kids. The only complaint they had is they really wanted to get back to playing; it was boring in the courtroom.”
Robert Michaels, another one of Daniel’s attorneys, added:
They just hugged and said goodbye, and she said she’d see them soon, and they were very, very easily transitioned to their grandmother, who they know very well.”
Ira Garr said:
It was done very civilly. Ms. Rutherford said, ‘Oh, you’re going to see Papa, and you’re going to go with Oma.’ And the kids seemed fine.”
I’m glad to hear Kelly was able to stay composed for her children’s sake in the courthouse; that surely made it easier for Hermes and Helena.
When Kelly emerged from the courthouse with her legal team, she simply told paparazzi:
I have no words.”
She held it together remarkably well; given all the fighting she’s done, you know yesterday was tough. Hopefully her attorneys had warned her that her actions were unlikely to be successful, just so she could be as prepared as someone can be in a situation like this.
An attorney who’s not involved in the case but providing legal analysis to People, Michael Stutman, said that Kelly’s arrival at the courthouse without the kids yesterday, after the court ordered all three to appear, was likely very damaging.
Kelly’s failure to deliver the children on Thursday likely bought them a one-way ticket to Monaco. Given Kelly’s initial failure to send the children back, showing up without them was probably the nail in her coffin.”
Robert Wallack, an attorney who repped Kelly in her federal case but is no longer working on the case, said:
It’s really unfortunate that it came to this, and that Hermes and Helena were forced to say goodbye to their mother in a courthouse, rather than having a natural transition. However, today’s proceedings played out exactly as expected, and it now appears the next chapter of this story will be written in Monaco.”
A hearing is scheduled for September 3 in Monaco. It seems unlikely that court is going to look favorably upon Kelly’s refusal to send the kids back. What’s really unfortunate is that the Monaco judge seemed to be giving her a chance: the kids spent the summer in the US for the first time in three years, on the order of the Monaco judge. Something tells me Kelly’s kids won’t be back in the US for a long time.
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