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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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Chuck Bass must have been hatched this plan...

431 days ago


Time to move back into Melrose Place with Michael Mancini...

431 days ago


Shame on the judge who allowed this only in America!!

431 days ago


Old with no money and a kid. Good luck. Enjoy obscurity.

431 days ago


Regardless of how she may or may not have mismanaged her money, as a mother myself, I feel for her not being with her kids. They are young and really need their mom. On the flip side-- this is a cautionary tale of what can possibly happen when you marry a piece of eurotrash or other foreigner.

431 days ago


something is not right here. where was her business manager? it's really hard to care. Get a job, pay up and move on...

431 days ago


Painful divorce, bankruptcy, alleged humiliation -'d kill most people.

We in LA. aren't most people.

We'll walk through anything, at any time, no questions asked -

Team_Kelly all the way.

Stay Strong, Baby.

431 days ago


We're all bullet--proof in L.A.

It'd take five or six more major, major issues.

To even get Kelly's attention.

She's yawning as we speak.

431 days ago


and she didn't even win her kids did she?

431 days ago


wth are with these comments???? her children were kidnapped to another country!

431 days ago


Really like to see Kelly start doing some movies.

Stay in the gym, girl - it's temporary.

431 days ago

en Todo Momento!!    

dang. people are pretty dum. i mean why would you want to stuff the pockets of some attorney for your divorce, if you can make prearrangements and walk away with at least each half of 1.5 million??? i'd clear such problems in advance and hope my misfortune is not a jackpot for some arrogant law degree craptard.

431 days ago

en Todo Momento!!    

i mean i'm just saying.. we all know who all the attorneys in america are. very 'strong' family core values. no 'divorces' from their side of the rainbow. so it's just totally weird to me that they are making one jackpot after the other over 'not their denomination' folks divorces. is that like totally schizophrenic, or is that just me...??? like you are raking in one fortune after the other off of 'destroyed family values', while you fill up the piggy bank in your 'perfect family unit values' communities/social circles with the cash from the other social circles. odd, or not?

431 days ago


she's a yambag,,,,,and a bad actress to boot,,,

431 days ago

Jay W.     

$1279.33 a month...? I don't believe her. Isn't unemployment like $160...0.00 to $1800.00 a month if you made at least $40,000 a year before you were laid off?

431 days ago
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