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Kelly Rutherford

Files for Bankruptcy

Divorce Did Her In

6/23/2013 12:50 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0622-kelly-rutherford-tmzKelly Rutherford is broke and she's filed for full-blown bankruptcy, and it looks like her mega-fight over child custody was her Achilles' heel.

Rutherford claims in her legal docs -- filed with the court and obtained by TMZ -- assets totaling $23,937 -- dwarfed by debts totaling $2,021,832.

Kelly's current monthly income is $1,279.33 ... way down from her final season on "Gossip Girl" -- $486,000.  The show recently wrapped.

Here's the problem -- she spent nearly $1.5 mil on legal fees for her bitter divorce/custody war with ex-hubby Daniel Giersch.  We've learned she's asking the family law judge to make him pay, but now she's waving the white flag by filing for Chapter 7 bankruptcy.

Kelly's also in the hole for income taxes -- more than $350,000 for 2012.  Add to that another $25,251 for Amex charges.

Kelly has a total of $11,487 in her checking account, around 5 grand in furniture, 5 grand in clothes and $1,500 in jewelry.

According to docs, she's borrowed 10's of thousands of dollars from friends and relatives to dig out of the hole.

The bankruptcy petition was filed last month.


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Vitamind_88    

No one cares

386 days ago
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Cecilia     

She created this situation by trying to get complete control over her children from her ex. Also, he is required to pay at least a portion of her travel/living expenses when she comes to France to visit her children, so she gets no sympathy from me.

386 days ago
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Jimmy Stink Finger    

Sometimes...when ya dig 4 gold...ya get coal.

386 days ago
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Bibiescaliente    

Thats so sad! I was rootin for her! ;(

386 days ago
5.

weezer    

The only people that win in divorces are the lawyers!!

386 days ago
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Jamey Hunter    

She needs to not have her debts discharged, but rather go on to the repayment system. If her debts are discharged, she'll simply accept a new job on a tv series and go on accumulating new debt.

386 days ago
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Dr. Cornelia J. Dogbarker PhD    

I love hearing about these stupid, stuck-up Hollywood idiots who do themselves in, thinking that the money is limitless. Living way beyond your means to this extent is just a symptom of thinking you're WAY more important than you really are. Guess what, bitch? You're poor! Now go turn some tricks, like the rest of us have to do.

386 days ago
8.

SarcASStic    

Anyone notice the lady in the background!? YIKES!!! She's packing some serious luggage.

386 days ago
9.

Jellybean    

KARMA.

386 days ago
10.

Elsa    

Should have married an American fellow.

386 days ago
11.

jdranetz    

The expense of stubbornness, and lawyers.

386 days ago
12.

sophie    

Karma, karma, karma... Brought this upon herself!

386 days ago
13.

Mike    

Or she could just work herself out of debt like the rest of us do.

386 days ago
14.

zoolady    

Some people just can't hold their liquor, some people just can't hold their money. Some are doubly blessed.

386 days ago
15.

Dak    

TMZ, Nik Wallenda is crossing the Grand Canyon live today with no tether and we are hearing about this? Give him a story.

386 days ago
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