‘Gossip Girl’ Star Kelly Rutherford Has Filed for Bankruptcy: Report
TMZ is reporting that the actress filed for bankruptcy last month, with most of it due to her expensive child custody battle with ex Daniel Giersch.
Rutherford, who played Lily van der Woodsen on Gossip Girl for six seasons, has spent nearly $1.5 million on legal fees, according to petition documents obtained by TMZ. The 44-year-old also owes more than $350,000 in income taxes for 2012, among other debts.
Since their divorce in 2010, Rutherford and Giersch -- a German entrepreneur who lives in Monaco -- have been involved in a nasty custody battle over their two young children, Hermes, 6 and Helena, 4.
In September 2012, a judge ruled that the couple’s kids would live in France with their father, who is barred from returning to the U.S. because of a revoked visa. The judge noted that Rutherford’s work schedule (she was still working on Gossip Girl’s final season at the time) was flexible enough to travel back and forth to visit her children.
In April, a petition on Change.org was launched by thousands of supporters, including some big Hollywood names, to have the children return to the U.S.
Rutherford's reps have not returned Celebuzz's request for comment.