Kelly Rutherford burst into tears and freaked out after a judge shut down her last ditch effort to keep her kids in the U.S.
Rutherford claimed another judge had illegally awarded custody of her 2 kids to her ex-husband, Daniel Giersch, who lives in France. Rutherford claims the judge effectively deported the kids.
So she was in federal court Wednesday ... asking a judge to step in, but the federal judge said he didn't have the power. Outside the courtroom, Rutherford broke down, saying "My own country won't save my children and I pay taxes!"
The judge gave Rutherford a ray of hope, saying although he didn't have jurisdiction over custody, he would set up a conference call Friday with him, Rutherford and Giersch's lawyer ... to figure out a way for Giersch -- who has immigration issues -- to come back to the U.S. to live.
The clock is ticking ... if the judge's Hail Mary doesn't work ... the kids go to France August 19.
Gets Thigh-High in NYC
5/8/2013 9:22 AM PDT BY Johnny Lopez
Blake Lively is bootylicious.
Wearing an old school Jennifer Lopez diva hat, a '70s black mini-dress and a ridiculously hot pair of open-toed thigh-high boots, the happily married 25-year-old former "Gossip Girl" star strutted her gorgeous blonde and leggy stuff on the streets of New York City on Tuesday.
Apparently the high fashion walk off was all part of some magazine photo shoot, but who really cares about that ... the important thing is that she looks AMAZING!
Damn you, Ryan Reynolds! Damn you.
My Ex Is EXPLOITING
9/4/2012 11:34 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Kelly Rutherford's ex-husband set up a photo op at a French airport on Sunday where the actress arrived to visit her children ... violating a court order in the process -- or so Kelly is telling friends.
One of Kelly's close friends -- who recently spoke to the actress in France -- tells TMZ, the "Gossip Girl" star was shocked when she saw photos of her arrival at the airport in Nice this weekend surfacing on the Internet, and believes her ex is to blame for leaking her location.
The friend says Kelly believes ... if her ex Daniel Giersch really did set up the shot -- it would be a violation of a court order against exposing the couple's kids to the media.
In the photos, Kelly looks happy -- hugging her kids while they wave a sign reading "Welcome Super Mama" -- but now, she's super pissed.
As you know, Kelly and her ex are embroiled in a bitter custody war. A judge recently named Giersch the "residential parent," meaning the kids have to live in France because he's banished from the U.S. Kelly still lives in the States, and has to fly to France to see her kids for her half of the custody share.
Kelly plans to fight the ruling. Reps for both Kelly and Giersch had no comment.
Spends a Nice Holiday
with Her Kids in France
9/3/2012 11:15 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Despite her crushing blow in family court recently, Kelly Rutherford was all smiles as she arrived in Nice, France to visit her two kids ... and TMZ has the photos.
As TMZ first reported, the "Gossip Girl" star was devastated after a judge ruled that her ex husband, Daniel Giersch, was allowed to keep their two young children living with him in France 50% of the time.
Kelly told friends afterwards she plans to challenge the ruling -- arguing that the difficult travel will make quality time with her children virtually impossible.
But on Sunday she looked happy as a clam when she arrived in Nice Airport with her brother ... while her kids greeted her with balloons and an awesome sign that said, "Welcome Super Mama."
Her ex was there too ... holding Hello Kitty balloons.
Tried to Alienate Kids
From Dad ... Says Judge
8/30/2012 12:05 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
The judge in Kelly Rutherford's custody trial just doesn't trust her -- claiming she has repeatedly tried to cut her ex-husband out of their children's lives ... which is why the judge ruled in favor of daddy.
In his decision, obtained by TMZ, the judge chose to make Kelly's ex Daniel Giersch the "residential parent" because "Daniel (who lives in France) has facilitated the relationship of the children with Kelly ... and Kelly simply has not done so."
One glaring example -- the judge says Kelly continually failed to put Daniel's name on their daughter's birth certificate ... despite being asked several times by the court.
The judge writes, "Even while under the scrutiny of an extended trial, Kelly still has declined to demonstrate the level of commitment to facilitating the relationship that would be required of a residential parent in a relocation situation."
As we reported, Kelly gets the kids (aged 5 and 3) 50% of the time under the new arrangement, but the children will live and go to school in France because Daniel can't return to the U.S. due to a revoked visa. Bottom line, Kelly will be spending a lot of time on a plane.
As for the details of the new custody plan -- Daniel has to buy Kelly six round-trip airline tickets to France per school year (coach class) ... and put her up in a house with a car while she's in the country.
A rep for Kelly tells TMZ, "Rewarding someone who has been banished from this country and is prohibited from stepping foot in this country with custody of American citizen children makes no earthly sense to anyone with a basic understanding of the law."
It's worth noting, the custody arrangement could eventually shift back to the U.S. if Daniel fixes his visa issues. Kelly plans to appeal the ruling tomorrow.
By Custody Ruling
8/28/2012 5:06 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
"Gossip Girl" star Kelly Rutherford just suffered an enormous loss in family court ... a judge just ruled her ex-husband can keep their 2 kids in France, where he is living ... and sources say shes "devastated."
Kelly was fighting to bring her kids back to the U.S. Her ex, Daniel Giersch, lives in France and can't come back to the U.S. because his visa has been revoked.
The judge ruled Kelly has a flexible schedule and can go back and forth to France to spend time with her kids. The court gave Kelly the right to have the children -- ages 5 and 3 -- 50% of the time.
But Kelly doesn't see it that way. Sources tell us she believes it's virtually impossible now for her to spend meaningful time with the kids, given the enormous travel commitments that would be involved.
We're told Kelly plans to appeal the ruling.
Penn vs. Taylor
Who'd You Rather?
7/14/2012 7:28 AM PDT BY Johnny Lopez
While at different events on different coasts, "Gossip Girl" hottie Penn Badgley, 25, and buff "Twilight" hunk Taylor Lautner, 20, both showed off the growing hairs protruding out of their shirts on Thursday.
Question is ...
Crushes Mom in Court
Over Plastic Surgery Money
6/6/2012 12:22 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Leighton Meester just won her legal war against her mom -- after the "Gossip Girl" star sued her last year ... claiming the woman diverted money Leighton had sent to her little brother ... and she spent it on things like plastic surgery, Botox, and hair extensions.
TMZ broke the story -- Leighton filed the lawsuit claiming her little brother has serious medical problems ... so she sent home $7,500 a month to help cover his expenses.
Leighton's mom, Constance Meester, tried convincing the judge Leighton had promised to take care of her and that's why she spent the cash. But the judge pooh-poohed mom's claims, ruling there was no such agreement.
Leighton actually didn't sue to recover any money from her mom -- she just wanted the judge to make her mother go away.
'Gossip Girl' Star Sued
You OWE Me $58k
for Spying on Your Ex
4/30/2012 3:05 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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.
3 Years of Protection from
3/2/2012 9:00 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Blake Lively just got 3 more years protection from an obsessed fan, who allegedly claimed he had a "metaphysical" connection with the actress -- because a judge extended Blake's restraining order today.
TMZ broke the story ... Blake obtained a temporary restraining order against Sergei Mifle last month -- claiming the guy made repeated contact with Blake's mom, begging to help Blake because she was troubled.
According to Blake, Sergei was spotted lurking around the set of "Gossip Girl" -- insisting he was there to help Blake "heal."
The judge extended the protective order today in L.A. -- requiring Sergei to stay at least 100 yards away from Blake and her mom for the next three years.
Gets Restraining Order
Against Obsessed Fan
2/14/2012 3:08 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Blake Lively just got a restraining order against a fan she claims was lurking around the set of "Gossip Girl" -- a fan who claims to have a "metaphysical" connection with the actress and was there "to help me heal."
The fan -- Sergei Mifle -- allegedly made repeated contact with Blake's mom, telling her he was "deeply concerned" about her daughter and claimed he needed to help her because she was troubled.
A picture of Sergei was attached as an exhibit to Blake's petition (below).
Blake says in her declaration she's fearful about her personal safety and the safety of her mother.
The judge issued the restraining order, which prohibits Mifle from coming anywhere near the actress or her mom.
Leighton Meester's Mom: She Beat Me with a Bottle!
7/25/2011 12:15 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Leighton Meester's mom is firing back after her daughter sued her last week -- claiming in a new countersuit, Leighton threw her to the ground back in December ... "repeatedly hitting her with a bottle."
According to the countersuit, filed in L.A. County Superior Court, at 2:00 AM on December 11, 2010, the "Gossip Girl" actress attacked her mom with the bottle and was so crazed she had to be pulled off her mom by her little brother.
Constance Meester says it's true ... Leighton sent her $7,500 every month, but that was not out of the goodness of her heart. It was -- Constance claims -- a settlement for all the money she helped make for her daughter.
Leighton Meester Sues Mom -- You Ripped Me Off!
7/22/2011 5:06 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
"Gossip Girl" star Leighton Meester is suing her mother, claiming her mom diverted money Leighton sent to her little brother and used it for plastic surgery, Botox and hair extensions.
According to the suit ... obtained by TMZ ... Leighton's mom refused to work, but Leighton felt badly for her younger brother Lex, who has severe medical issues. So Leighton sent her mom $7,500 a month so she could provide for Lex.
But the suit claims the mother, Constance Meester, used the money for cosmetic procedures and other personal expenses.
According to the suit, Constance even tried to convince Leighton ... they had an oral contract requiring Leighton to pay her $10,000 a month for life. Leighton says it's a total lie.
Leighton claims her mom threatened to file a $3 million lawsuit against her unless Leighton started coughing up the dough.
Leighton wants the judge to declare there's no contract between her and her mom.