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.

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"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.