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Former Gossip Girl star Kelly Rutherford has filed for bankruptcy.

The actress' lengthy custody dispute with her ex-husband Daniel Giersch seems to be the cause, according to legal documents from the 44-year-old star.

She says she's spent almost $1.5 million on legal fees.

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Rutherford says that she owes $350,000 in income taxes for 2012, and has an American Express bill of $25,251. Her debts, in total, are $2,021,832.

Her current monthly income? Just $1,279.33.

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Kelly Rutherford is still fighting for her children.

Her friend has started a petition to help her.

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In August, a judge ruled that the Gossip Girl star's kids, Hermes, 5, and Helena, 3, would relocate to Monaco to live with her estranged ex, Daniel Giersch.

Now her good friend Caroline Fina has begun a petition online calling on California lawmakers to bring the actress' little ones home to the U.S.

"I want you to know that Kelly is not your average mother," Fina wrote.

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Gossip Girl star Kelly Rutherford's custody battle with ex Daniel Giersch has taken another bizarre turn after she arrived at a French airport to visit her kids Sunday, only to find celebrity gossip photographers waiting for her.

Rutherford has an idea who tipped photogs off about her whereabouts.

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The star believes Giersch set up the photo op of Hermes, 5, and Helena, 3, against court orders. The two kids live with him in France as he has primary custody ... but he's also banned from the U.S., meaning Kelly has to go to France to visit.

Her spokesperson David Goldin tells E! News:

"If indeed it is true that the father staged hit photo op in violation of the court order after being banned by the government from entering the United States, the facts continue to make this situation more bizarre than Gossip Girl episodes could ever be."

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Ugliest celebrity divorce ever?

Kelly Rutherford of Gossip Girl has been granted a temporary restraining order against her estranged husband the father of her two kids, Daniel Giersch, after, among other things, accusing him of intimidating and threatening her nanny.

He was also being inflexible with his scheduled custody visits and stressing her out so much she's having a hard time breastfeeding, according to the actress.

In a lengthy declaration filed Thursday in Los Angeles Superior Court, Rutherford states that Giersch doesn't comply when she wants to take their 3-month-old daughter Helena to work with her in the morning so that she can nurse.

"From time to time I have some extra milk, but I never know when that will be... I believe that the stress Daniel has created for me is also negatively impacting my ability to produce milk," said the 40-year-old actress.

Way TMI, Kelly, but what can you do.

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Kelly Rutherford and Daniel Giersch in happier times.

For his part, Giersch said in his own court filing Thursday that Rutherford is the one who's switching up the visits on him and he has "concerns that Kelly, her caretakers, and Kelly's mother are causing immediate harm to [their] children."

But he's the one who's got to lie low for awhile.

A judge has ordered Giersch to stay at least 100 yards away from Rutherford, Helena and their son Hermes "except for brief and peaceful contact as required."

The order also extends to nanny Michaela Kothanova, who stated that Giersch was always asking her questions about Kelly and once threatened to sue her.

A hearing on the matter is set for October 15. Rutherford was pregnant with Helena when she filed for divorce in January, citing irreconcilable differences.

The two have been in and out of court ever since, hiring PIs and haggling over the kids' potty-training, pool fences, residency, school, travel, and more.

He also learned online she had their baby. Cold.

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When Gossip Girl star Kelly Rutherford became a mom for the second time on Monday, her ex, Daniel Giersch, heard about it the same way we did.

From celebrity news reports online.

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The actress, 40, welcomed a daughter, Helena, in Los Angeles on Monday.

But a source says the birth came as a surprise to businessman Giersch, who is currently in midst of a heated divorce with Rutherford, to put it mildly.

Giersch had filed paperwork to be notified when Rutherford goes into labor, says the source. But an insider tells Us Weekly that this did not happen.

The source tells the tabloid that "[Rutherford] failed to tell him and instead he found out this morning on the Internet. He was robbed of an opportunity to be at the hospital when his child is born. He is sad and disappointed."

After two years of marriage, Rutherford filed for divorce from Giersch in January - about a month after announcing she was pregnant with their second child.

The two have since engaged in a nasty war of words over who is the better parent as they continue to fight for custody of their son, Hermes, 2.

Asked at a May 22 hearing if she and Daniel Giersch could have an amicable relationship, Kelly Rutherford told reporters: "I don't see it."

This often happens when you don't call him when you give birth or have a P.I. tail your ex to make sure he keeps the pool cover on.

We're just sayin', Kelly.

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Gossip Girl actress Kelly Rutherford, who fans of the show know has looked very pregnant for months now, has given birth to a baby girl, her second child.

Her daughter was born around 10 p.m. Monday in L.A. The little girl's name is Helena Grace Rutherford Giersch. She joins two-year-old brother, Hermes.

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Here's the former Melrose Place star and Hermes last month ...

The father of both children, and the actress' estranged, soon-to-be ex, Daniel Giersch, was sadly (and predictably) not present for the occasion.

Kelly Rutherford filed for divorce from the German businessman in late 2008, citing "irreconcilable differences." She has since hired a P.I. to tail his ass and they have squared off in numerous court battles over custody of Hermes.

The pair split right around the time Rutherford announced in December that she was pregnant with their second child. It only got uglier from there.

Well, in any case, congrats to Kelly and Daniel, even if they become ill at the sight of each other. And give it up for Lily van der Woodsen no longer having to be filmed exclusively from the neck up on Gossip Girl. Woo hoo!

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It's quite the day for celebrity divorce drama.

First, Alex Young and Kate Walsh make news after Young subpoenaed her boss - who happens to be president of ABC Entertainment - alleging she's hiding money.

Then, Nas and Kelis return to the spotlight as a new rumor surfaces that Nas cheated on her, along with a court filing in which he refuses to pay spousal support.

Now it's Gossip Girl star Kelly Rutherford and estranged hubby Daniel Giersch making a play for the most dysfunctional marriage title. They may have a case.

Rutherford, 40, claims their son, Hermes, is in danger because Giersch, 34, leaves the swimming pool uncovered at his Los Angeles home.

She knows this how?

Because the semi-crazy former Melrose Place star hired a private investigator last week to conduct three days of video surveillance on Giersch, natch.

So much for her pledge to "resolve things amicably."

"Hermes is very young, very active, not water safe and in a moment's notice, could fall into the swimming pool," Kelly Rutherford warns in a court filing.

Giersch's response: "Hermes is not in any danger whatsoever with regard to my pool because I have the pool fully covered with an automatic pool cover," "Hermes has no access to the pool area unless I take him to the pool myself."

Although video footage does confirm the pool was uncovered over three days, nothing egregious was witnessed, according to the investigator's reports.

Either way, a judge ordered Giersch to keep his pool covered at all times.

Meanwhile, a hearing Friday will address their differences over whether it's too stressful a time to potty train Hermes while his parents are in the midst of a divorce and custody battle and since the child is about to become a big brother.

Yes, as Gossip Girl fans surely know, Rutherford is pregnant with the ex-couple's second child, a girl, and is due to give birth in three weeks. Stay tuned.

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A judge just ruled that Gossip Girl star Kelly Rutherford, who's embroiled in a nasty divorce battle, can take her kid to N.Y. City while she films the show.

The judge said Kelly can go Sunday and her estranged hubby, Daniel Giersch, is free to travel there as well. He argued he needed to stay in L.A. to do business, but the judge begged to differ. Daniel told the court he will travel to NYC.

Kelly Rutherford filed for divorce on December 30. Their son, Hermes, is two years old. She is also pregnant again with their second child.

Giersch was awarded two overnight visits per week for February and three per week in March. They all need to be back to L.A. for a minimum of four days, at least twice. During L.A. stays, Hermes will alternate between the two parents.

The judge also ruled that Hermes will bounce between NYC and L.A. for two months while the feuding couple tries to hash out a long-term arrangement.

Gossip Girl fans can breathe a sigh of relief as Kelly's character, Lily van der Woodsen, won't be killed off as a result. She had said she was prepared to stay in L.A., whatever the consequences, if she could not take Hermes with her.

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Kelly Rutherford, who plays Lily van der Woodsen on Gossip Girl (and whose character is the basis for the hit show's upcoming spinoff), claims her estrabged husband is ominous, violent and bad news for their two-year-old son, Hermes.

Rutherford just filed legal papers that the judge will consider tomorrow in a hearing. Rutherford's husband, Daniel Giersch, wants the judge to prohibit his soon-to-be ex-wife from taking two-year-old Hermes to New York to film Gossip Girl.

Rutherford claims Giersch has gotten into big arguments with her, in one case allegedly coming at her. She says he's an avid kickboxer and she's "intimidated by him."

She also says he's threatened to "teach her a lesson" by taking Hermes. Kelly Rutherford, who is four months pregnant with the couple's second child, says it's gotten so bad she called the cops twice and he's been forced to leave.

Yikes. Giersch claims Rutherford can't be a real mom because her Gossip Girl schedule is insane. She says it's just not true. More to come tomorrow ...

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Kelly Rutherford plays Lily van der Woodsen on Gossip Girl. If you don't know what we're talking about, you're really missing out. Watch it. Give in to temptation!

A quick primer: Rutherford, 40, plays the mother of Blake Lively's high school character, Serena. A new spinoff of Gossip Girl will feature a young Lily in 1980s L.A., where she meets a young Rufus, played by Matthew Settle on GG.

Lily and Rufus were lovers way back in the day, and we recently learned they had a child together - one she gave up for adoption and who has yet to be revealed. Rufus is the father of Dan Humphrey, Serena's boyfriend. Okay, we good?

Now. Who should star as young Lily van der Woodsen in 1980s L.A.? We put together a handful of potential candidates in a little survey below ...

 

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