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'NCIS: New Orleans' Zoe McLellan

Scott Bakula Leaps to Co-Star's Defense

... In Custody War

9/2/2015 12:40 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0901-zoe-mclellan-scott-bakula-TMZ-TWITTER_01Scott Bakula inserted himself in his "NCIS: New Orleans" co-star Zoe McLellan's bitter custody battle, telling the judge Zoe's focus is not her work or herself ... it's her son.

Zoe has joint custody of 2-year-old Sebastian. Zoe and the boy are living in New Orleans where the show is filmed, but ex-hubby Jean Pierre Gillain claimed it was unfair he had to travel from L.A. to visit his son. He claimed she was pawning the boy off to nannies while she worked. 

But Bakula fiercely jumped to Zoe's defense, saying in a declaration, "Her life is and has been, about one thing and one thing only: being Sebastian's Mommy." The "Quantum Leap" star went on, "I have witnessed that every fiber of her being goes into providing a safe, nurturing, creative world for her son to grow up in."

Bakula explained Zoe has put her own life on hold ... to the point she once took the hair and makeup ladies to a concert, causing everyone to express how unusual it was that Zoe actually went out to have fun.  

The actor ended by telling the judge, "Zoe has a huge heart and in my opinion, she is handling this tumultuous time of her life with great care, consideration and class."  

In the end the judge didn't have to side with either parent, because Zoe and Jean Pierre settled their beef. It looks like the custody arrangement is pretty much status quo, but she has to pay him $4k a month in child support.

'Homeland' Star

Husband Demands Cash & Custody in Divorce

8/31/2015 12:40 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0829-morena-baccarin-tmz-01"Homeland" star Morena Baccarin's growing success could be exactly what hurts her in her divorce ... costing both money and time with her kid. 

Morena's soon-to-be ex-husband Austin Chick just filed docs in their divorce, and he wants his chunk of her paycheck. Chick claims Morena is pulling in $1.5 million a year.  He wants a cut for child and spousal support. 

Chick says Morena's constant travel for work isn't healthy for their one-year-old, so he wants physical custody. He also wants Morena to cover nanny expenses up to $3k per month. 

Chick says he's taken on the role of Mr. Mom ... taking their son to the zoo, the park, and caring for him on a daily basis. 

Kelly Rutherford's Ex

No Signs the Kids Missed Their Mom

8/20/2015 9:02 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0820-rutherford-giersch-tmz-01Kelly Rutherford's ex Daniel Giersch says her claim their children were "panicky" about going back to him in Monaco ... is total BS, and everyone in court saw it that way. 

Giersch's lawyer fired off a response on his behalf saying, "There was no scene. They were fine ... smiling broadly."

Rutherford has said she held off on returning Helena and Hermes on Aug. 6 -- the court-ordered date -- because they told her they were afraid. But Giersch's side says ... the children immediately warmed up to their grandmother when she took custody in court, and "didn't seem to miss a beat. It was an easy transition."

Giersch seemingly poured salt in Kelly's wounds with one last line -- "When they left the courtroom they were happy and showed no signs of missing their mother." 


Kelly Rutherford

Judge Was Cruel & Uncaring ...

To 'Arrest' My Children

8/12/2015 8:46 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Kelly Rutherford is ripping into the judge she says effectively "arrested" her children, and sent them back to their father ... who she claims lied to the court to get his way.

Rutherford says Judge Ellen Gesmer's ruling to send the kids back to Daniel Giersch was "shocking, illegal, and abusive to my children." She adds that Gesmer "lacked sufficient knowledge of the law, or didn't care that she was violating the law."

She insists the ruling violates the Constitution because the children are U.S. citizens.

Rutherford also says her ex lied so he could get an emergency order. She says Giersch told the court he didn't know where Kelly and the kids were, but she says the truth is ... he Skyped with the kids several times, and always knew they were safe. 

She saved her last jab for Gesmer, saying ... "She has to live with herself, and if she has a conscience, I suspect she will not sleep well, ever again."



Kelly Rutherford

Breaks Down

After Losing Kids

8/11/2015 11:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Kelly Rutherford left the courthouse visibly upset after having her kids ripped from her arms in court. 

The "Gossip Girl" star was understandably distraught after the hearing, choking up as she tried to explain how she was feeling. Rutherford could only muster, "I have no words" ... before she broke down in tears. 

After the judge's ruling, Rutherford was forced to turn over her two kids, sending them back to Monaco.

The next court hearing is scheduled to take place September 3 in Monaco. 


Kelly Rutherford

Ordered to Return Kids to Monaco

8/11/2015 9:42 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Kelly Rutherford just lost big in court, and her kids are now on their way to the airport to return to Monaco. 

A judge just enforced a court order giving Daniel the right to keep the 2 children in Monaco, while he works out his residency issues with the U.S.

Kelly had refused to return the children after having them for 2 months this summer, arguing the U.S. courts had no authority to order their return. But today a judge disagreed.

We're told Daniel Giersch's mom took the 2 children from the NYC courthouse and they are on their way to the airport to return to Monaco. 

There's a hearing on Sept. 3rd in Monaco regarding custody.



Kelly Rutherford

Shows Up for Court ...

Without the Kids

8/11/2015 7:26 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0811-kelly-rutherford-court-arrival-tmz-0update_graphic_red_bar8:58 AM PT -- The couple's kids have arrived at court. update_grey_gray_barKelly Rutherford defiantly showed up for the court hearing where she's supposed to surrender her children to her ex-husband -- but she did NOT bring the kids. 

TMZ broke the story ... Kelly was ordered to appear before a NY judge because Daniel Giersch is demanding Kelly return their two kids to him in Monaco. Kelly's visitation period ended last week, but she's refusing to send them back to Daniel. 

He insists Kelly's basically a child abductor now. The judge specified Kelly needed to bring them to court today, but it looks like she's not willing to give in ... not yet.

Giersch is not in court, but his mother is there ... hoping, we guess, to take custody of her grandchildren.

Story developing ... 

Kelly Rutherford

I Won't Send My Kids Back to Monaco

8/8/2015 7:21 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0808-rutherford-kids-tmz-getty-01Kelly Rutherford is making a bold move ... she is refusing to return her 2 kids to Monaco, despite a court order requiring her to do so.

A Monaco court -- which gave her ex-husband Daniel Giersch custody of the children 3 years ago -- allowed Kelly to take the kids for the summer.  But she now says she will keep them.

People posted a statement from Kelly, in which the actress makes a clever legal argument.  She notes that 2 U.S. courts -- one in New York and another in California -- have both said they don't have jurisdiction in her custody battle.  

Kelly says, "It means that no state in this country currently requires me to send the children away.  Hence, I have decided that I cannot lawfully send my children away from the United States to live in a foreign country."

The question, of course ... What about Monaco?  Kelly goes on, "I believe Monaco appreciates why it cannot assert jurisdiction over my children, and that Monaco will respect my children's right to reside in their own country."

People says Giersch has not responded.

Chris Brown

Fighting Back Against Bad Parenting Claims ...

I'm a Good Father!

8/3/2015 11:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF


Chris Brown believes he's an exceptional father to his daughter Royalty and plans to fight his baby mama's attempt to limit his custody to just supervised visits. 

According to our sources, Brown plans to file an opposition to Nia Guzman's request for full custody ... countering her claims that he's a bad father. Guzman has cited several issues with Chris' parenting and lifestyle, but we're told he has a comeback for each one.

First off, we're told Chris will argue he never puts his daughter in harm's way and has increased security at his home since the recent break-in.

Secondly, our sources says Chris will say he has never done drugs around Royalty.

Lastly, we're told Chris will argue he has never allowed "gang bangers" to be around his daughter.

Chris has filed his own docs to establish paternity so he can fight for joint custody, but so far a judge has not ruled.


'Homeland' Star

Real Marriage Blows Up Too ...

And It Could Cost Her $$$

7/6/2015 12:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0629-moreno-baccarin-tmz-01 Morena Baccarin -- Nicholas Brody's estranged wife on "Homeland" -- is headed for divorce off-screen too -- and all her success since the Showtime hit could work against her in the split.

Baccarin’s writer/director husband, Austin Chick, filed the divorce docs, citing irreconcilable differences, after 3 and a half years of marriage -- a lifetime in Hollywood.

According to the docs, Chick wants joint custody of their one-year-old son ... and he wants spousal support.

It looks like Baccarin's been the breadwinner in the fam -- picking up roles on hits like "Gotham" and "The Flash" -- so, at least on paper, she'll likely end up forking over some amount of cash.

Did we mention she's banging Det. Jim Gordon on "Gotham?" 'Cause she is ... and she looks freakin' hot doing it. 

Levi Johnston

Changes His Tune

Hey Bristol, I'm Here To Help

6/29/2015 1:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF


Bristol Palin just got some support from her nemesis -- the baby daddy fighting her in a nasty custody war ... former fiance, Levi Johnston.

It's a strange twist. Levi, who shares 6-year-old Tripp with Palin, tells TMZ he and wife Sunny are going to do what they can to help raise her new kid. He says she's "a great mom."

And get this ... Levi says he's sorry for Bristol's string of bad luck, specifically mentioning the fact she called off her wedding.  

Palin posted a somber announcement on her Facebook page Thursday and noted that the pregnancy was a "huge disappointment" to her and her family, but Sunday she said the pregnancy was planned.

As for the whole kid out of wedlock thing, Levi says waiting to have kids until the parents tie the knot is the way to go, but he understands things happen ... they happened to him. 

Strange words for someone fighting for custody. 

Chris Brown

Royalty's Celebrating Father's Day with Me!!!

6/21/2015 1:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0619-chris-brown-royalty-first-fathers-day-TMZ-GETTY-COMPOSITE-fun-art-01Chris Brown is throwing a party for himself, but the guest of honor will really be his 1-year-old girl, thanks to his baby mama.

Chris was supposed to do the ol' hand off Friday ... Royalty's been with him all week. He told Nia Guzman he desperately wanted to throw a party for Father's Day, and Nia agreed to extend the visit a few extra days to accommodate him.

So here's what's in store for Royalty ... tacos, enchiladas, and other fixins all catered by rapper T-Rell's mom, a bounce house, swimming and entertainment.

Chris has invited his pals who have kids. We're told Tyga may stop by with King Cairo.

As for why Nia -- who's in a bitter custody and child support fight with Chris -- decided to bend ... we're told she doesn't want to come off like a bitter mom.

Baby steps.


Chris Brown

Hoes ARE Loyal ...

About Jacking My Cash!

6/18/2015 12:40 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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A ticket to a Chris Brown concert buys you some serious life lessons from Breezy himself, who stopped his El Paso show to vent about baby mama drama.

“Girls – they don’t get your money, “ Breezy told the fellas in the crowd, “Get your money but be smart, man. Everybody be smart.”

Translation: keep it in your pants if you don’t want to dish out child support checks.

Brown’s been at odds with his baby mama Nia Guzman over child support for their one-year-old daughter Royalty. She allegedly wanted $15k a month ... six times more than the previous monthly check.

Check out Chris' pearls of wisdom -- which include comparing himself to President Obama.

Child support vs. War on ISIS? Doubtful.

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