The actress's estranged husband bans her from seeing her children.
Earlier this month, actress Kelly Rutherford went public with her custody battle over her children by taking a petition to the White House.
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She wanted to bring her children back from Monaco, where they have been living with their father, Daniel Giersch, a German citizen, and their paternal grandmother. Rutherford and Giersch’s children, Hermes, 8, and Helena, 5, see their mother every few weeks – when Giersch flies her to them. In 2012, Giersch, a German citizen, argued he could not enter the States because his work visa had been revoked, and successfully petitioned California Superior Court to allow them to live with him in Monaco.
Rutherford has attempted many times before to get the custody changed, including taking the case to federal courts.
However, many, including her ex husband, have been worried about her mood swings and sometimes flawed logic in talking about the case. Just recently, she told TMZ that "Whoever brings my kids home is going to be pretty much a hero. I mean they’re going to be doing the right thing for children, for citizens of America. It’s a very pro-America thing to do.”
Though Kelly has been verbose about the situation, the children's father has remained mum about everything. Giersch has finally responded through his lawyer to the NY Daily News and he states that he’s concerned for the children’s safety. He’s also blocked Kelly from seeing the children until she turns over their US passports to a neutral third party. “We are concerned that the children are in imminent danger and need to be protected, and as a result the school and the police have extra security measures.”
According to the interview, they are worried that she will take the children and flee the country:
“Daniel is requesting per the terms of the California judgment that a neutral party hold the children’s passports while mother (Rutherford) has custody of the children abroad,” she added, “and that is simply carrying out the terms of the California order, and is also a very neutral thing because of the very deep concern given the statement that she made.”
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