Kelly Rutherford says custody battle has nearly bankrupted her
For the past four years and counting, "Gossip Girl" star Kelly Rutherford has been fighting with her ex-husband, Daniel Giersch, over the custody of their children, Helena, 3, and Hermes, 6. Now, she says the combination of legal fees and travel expenses -- he has primary custody and lives with the kids in Monaco -- has pushed her to the edge of bankruptcy.
"[I have] spent every penny. Every penny from 'Gossip Girl,' my pension, my stocks ... has been spent fighting for my children," she tells E! News in a new video interview. Rutherford, 43, goes on to describe the pain of "having to peel my son off my body, screaming, 'Mama, save me!' when I had to give him to his father — not because he doesn't love his dad, but because he's too young and it was like a forced thing." In September, she'll face a judge at another custody hearing, where she'll try to win the right to raise the kids in New York.