Kelly Rutherford’s petition to regain custody of her children from their father who lives abroad has received overwhelming support from the Hollywood community and beyond.
As of writing this article, Rutherford’s petition had gained the 100,000 signatures necessary to petition the Obama administration to review the case.
Thanks mostly to the Kardashian clan, who took notice of the case, it took Rutherford less than two weeks to gain national attention.
— Kim Kardashian West (@KimKardashian) May 12, 2015
— Kris Jenner (@KrisJenner) May 12, 2015
As the petition explains, “At ages 2 and 5, Kelly Rutherford’s children were forced by a California judge to live in France with their German father (nobody is French), after he claimed his U.S. visa was revoked, and he could not enter the U.S. The children’s appointed counsel said they should remain in the U.S., but the judge sent the children to France, solely because the father claimed he could not return to the U.S., even though NO evidence has been produced from any American official stating that the father was EVER denied entry into the U.S., and the father refused to request a visa.”
Rutherford’s Hollywood friends and costars have repeatedly had her back.
— Ed Westwick (@EdWestwick) May 12, 2015
— Perez Hilton (@PerezHilton) May 12, 2015
Of course, just because the petition will compel the Obama administration to review the case, does not mean that they will bring the children home. But I, personally, can’t imagine how they could continue to allow such an injustice to continue. Why the courts would ever allow American children to be taken to a foreign country — when there is absolutely no evidence or claim of maternal abuse or wrongdoing — is beyond me. Not only is it unfathomable that this could happen, it’s an injustice of the most heartbreaking degree.
I signed the petition and it’s time those children came home.