Gossip Girl’s Kelly Rutherford Files for Bankruptcy: Report
You might remember former Gossip Girl star Kelly Rutherford from her role as Lily van der Woodsen, the posh ruler of the Upper East Side, but the actress has reportedly filed for bankruptcy as a result of her divorce that was filed back in 2009.
The star's financial problems reportedly stem from the lengthy custody dispute involving her ex-husband Daniel Giersch, TMZ reports. The bankruptcy petition, according to legal documents obtained by the news outlet, shows that Kelly, 44, spent almost $1.5 million on legal fees as the divorce/custody battle played out in court, adding that she also owes $350,000 in income taxes for 2012 and has an American Express bill of $25,251.
In 2012, the custody battle over the couple's two children, Hermes, 6 and Helena, 4, intensified when it took an international turn. Daniel, a wealthy German entrepreneur who resides in Monaco, was barred from returning to the United States because of a revoked visa.
With a 50/50 custody split, both Kelly and Daniel shared parenting duties, but because of Daniel's travel restrictions, the children are living with him. Back in September 2012, a judge ruled that Kelly's schedule was flexible enough to travel back and forth to Monaco to visit her kids.
Kelly could not be immediately reached for comment.