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Kelly Rutherford: Manhattan Judge 'forced' my children to leave U.S.

Kelly Rutherford at a Social Life Magazine cover

Kelly Rutherford at a Social Life Magazine cover party at Season restaurant in Southampton on Aug. 10, 2013. Credit: John Roca

Actress Kelly Rutherford responded Wednesday to a New York judge's ruling Tuesday that returned her children to her ex-husband in Monaco, despite New York and California courts each having previously ruled they had no jurisdiction over the case.

"Knowing she had no authority, Judge [Ellen] Gesmer seized my children and their U.S. passports, and forced them to leave the United States and reside in Monaco, a country where neither they nor I, nor even their father, has citizenship," Rutherford, 46, said in part, referring to son Hermés, 8, and daughter Helena, 6.

"As for Judge Gesmer, she has to live with herself, and if she has a conscience, I suspect she will not sleep well, ever again."

Rutherford's ex-husband, Daniel Giersch, 41, had his visa revoked in April 2012 during a criminal investigation into fraud and tax evasion, but won a court ruling ordering the children to live with him in Monaco, since he cannot travel to the United States. The parents technically continued to have joint custody.

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