Kelly Rutherford Bankrupt Amid Custody Battle

Jun 24, 2013 12:01pm
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The actress Kelly Rutherford, who’s been locked in a lengthy custody battle with her ex-husband, has filed for bankruptcy.

In a Chapter 7 bankruptcy petition filed in May and obtained by ABCNews.com, the former “Gossip Girl” star claims total debts of over $2 million and $23,937 in assets.

About $1.5 million of what she owes was spent in legal fees in her bitter divorce and custody battle with ex-husband Daniel Giersch. Last August, a judge ordered their children, ages 5 and 3, to remain in France with their German-born father, whom they had been visiting last summer — an emotional and financial blow to the star.

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On “Good Morning America” last year, Rutherford vowed, “I will never stop fighting for my children.” She later broke down in tears during an appearance on “The View.”

The 44-year-old actress states in her bankruptcy filing that her current monthly income amounts to just $1,279.33 — way down from the $40,538.42 per month she made on her final season of “Gossip Girl,” which wrapped last December.

According to the documents, Rutherford owes $358,960.00 in 2012 taxes and nearly $80,000 in credit card bills.

The legal papers also show that she has borrowed tens of thousands of dollars from friends and family members.

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