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'Gossip Girl' Star Sued

You OWE Me $58k

for Spying on Your Ex

4/30/2012 3:05 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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It costs $65-per-hour to spy on your ex-husband ... this according to a private eye who claims he spent months snooping around for "Gossip Girl" star Kelly Rutherford ... only to get stiffed when the bill came.

The divorce between Rutherford and her ex-husband Daniel Giersch was EPICALLY NASTY -- with restraining orders and allegations of child endangerment.

According to a lawsuit, obtained by TMZ, Rutherford hired a private eye to spy on her ex in April 2010 ... "in relation to certain issues regarding child custody and other matters."

The private eye, Edward Banach, claims he worked on the case for a couple of months ... racking up a total bill of $86,249.85 ... but only got paid $28,214.35.

Now, Banach -- who was sub-contracted through a now-defunct security company -- is suing the business AND Rutherford to get the remaining $58k. 

FYI -- At the height of the legal war between Kelly and Giersch, the actress admitted she hired a P.I. ... to prove her ex didn't properly secure the pool and play areas at his home -- which she said endangered the couple's 2-year-old son Hermes.

Rutherford explained, "I was concerned about my son's safety."

We called Kelly for comment on this story -- so far, no response.

19 COMMENTS

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1.

YdoIreadthisstuff    

Hey Kelly, you hired the private eye, now pay the man! How would you feel if you shot an episode of Gossip Girl and you weren't paid?!

719 days ago
2.

Lisa    

I have never seen Gossip Girl but I remember her from Melrose Place..Oh Michael, you know its not a good idea...Oh Michael, I can't believe you are doing this..Oh Michael, it's Kimberly we are talking about...Oh Michael....

719 days ago
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Observer999    

I feel bad for the guy, but his claim is against the defunct security company (good luck with that). She had no contractual arrangement with him and the judge is gonna toss it.

718 days ago
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BoilingBleach    

Don't know why it's such a shock that she acts in less than civilized ways. Don't remember if it was this guy, or another ex, but let's just say she doesn't exactly take the whole "In sickness and in health" line to seriously. Her husband, early in their marriage developed a major health problem. No sooner had it been diagnosed, that she filed for divorce from the guy. Then she did nothing but slam the poor guy because his illness was an inconvenience to her not so spectacular career. She probably thinks that because he (the investigator) may not have found exactly what she was looking for, that she didn't have to pay him the full amount. Like was said before, she doesn't take contracts very seriously.

718 days ago
5.

pattycake    

she is a lesbian

718 days ago
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KicksandGiggles    

Cheez, she could have just dropped a tip to TMZ and then got the goods one way or the other free!! Bunch of crap she hired PI regarding the pool. Pool inspections do not require PI. Just an excuse. She just wanted to know what or rather who he was doing. Cut the crap and PAY YOUR BILLS BLONDIE!!!

718 days ago
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Niki    

Who the **** names their kid Hermes?

718 days ago
8.

Alex    

65$ an hour is super reasonable too, my Dad charges 90.

718 days ago
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nomer    

TMZ--you are ESPECIALLY bad spellers--you spelled especially wrong! Love ya!

718 days ago
10.

Hervey....Hervey of Arabia...He was a single guy...    

Who is she and what girl doesn't gossip and why would I give a rat's A hole about any of it?

718 days ago
11.

Hector    

ITS PI'S FAULT FOR NOT HAVING A CONTRACT. PERIOD. AND BY THE WAY, WHO NAME HIS KID "HERMES"?

718 days ago
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Tesla_Consulting    

"no response" same here.

718 days ago
13.

OooooNooo!    

First World Problems: You hire a private eye for 28 large to see if the ex is locking the pool gate, only to have the private eye turn on you and demand 50 large more.

718 days ago
14.

DahhTroll    

This is show was my ieda nd I got ripped off!!

718 days ago
15.

Barbara    

She is another woman that thinks she is the only one that should have any time with their children.

718 days ago
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