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Kelly Rutherford

Files for Bankruptcy

Divorce Did Her In

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

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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Fuck Celebrities    

It sounds like she's a financial jackass.

Her ex got out in time.

490 days ago


She let her pride and lying lawyers run up a million dollar legal tab over a simple custody issue. No matter how she felt about the ex husband, he had his side too otherwise she would have automatically recvd unquestionable custody. They could have shared custody and kept $$ in their pockets. Nobody won except the rotten lawyers.

490 days ago


Wow a story about a Real-Life Actor IMDB and all an entertainment professional having problems. An interesting story of Riches 2 Rags something to learn from for all.

Not a wasted story on some reality crap no talent loser. Way to go TMZ, she did bring it on herself still a worthwhile piece.

490 days ago


Leider haben wir deinen Thread entführt. Ein Akt des Terrorismus durch den Creative Intelligence Agency: aka, ein Streich, ein Akt der Unsinn. Carry on mit dem Stechschritt. Die Aliens kommen. Und wir wollen nicht, Sie zu verletzen, wir wollen nur ein bisschen Spaß haben.

490 days ago


Karma is a bitch

490 days ago


Not feeling an ounce of compassion...sorry.

490 days ago


Why are these people so bad with money? I will never have 2 million dollars and if I did.. it would be invested properly.

490 days ago

King Fresh    

If you haven't previewed my single "Baby Girl" yet please do so now.

490 days ago


How does she have 5k in clothing when she's wearing a different Hermes birkin or kelly bag each time she's photographed? I don't get it. She can sell EACH of her bags for 5k on Ebay. I get needing protection from bankruptcy court but why be dishonest about the value of your current assets when you're photographed showing what you really do have?

490 days ago


Her ex-husband got a huge protective shield from the French when they stripped her of custody. Now that she is broke, she should return to France and force her ex-husband to pay up for support and become his achilles heel. She needs to move to Europe and take a proactive role as their mother and try to revive her career from there. She can high tail it out of there when the kids become of age in France.

490 days ago


Her financial sob story doesn't quite add up. She would have made 3-4 million on the last season of GG alone (not counting all the other seasons, movies and endorsement deals). How does a 1.5mil legal bill explain bankruptcy, 2mil in debt and 2 years of unpaid income taxes?

490 days ago


Sounds like she's gone through a lot. I hope she figures everything out and gets another tv gig soon. Good luck Kelly

490 days ago


i feel so bad for her. First she loses her kids & now goes bankrupt. Outrageous that a custody battle can cost $1.5MM

490 days ago

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490 days ago


XOXO Gossip Girl...

490 days ago
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