Actress Loses Custody Battle, Must Visit Kids In France

Tough time: The actress opened up about her legal battle to keep her children in the US. She has four days before she has to send them back to France, where they live with her ex-husband

Actress Kelly Rutherford has taken a battle for her two children to the White House.

A petition has been filed with whitehouse.gov seeking a federal order to allow her young children to move back to the US.  A judge in France previously ordered that the children live in France with her husband.

“This is a political issue now,” Rutherford told sources, adding that her children’s “constitutional rights should have been put before our parental rights,” meaning that as American citizens, her kids should not have been deported.

Best-known to television audiences as Lily van der Woodsen on the hit show Gossip Girl, Kelly played the matriarch in New York for 6 seasons culminating in December of 2012.

She is also known for her former roles in television shows Melrose Place, Homefront, and E-Ring.

Rutherford is a devoted single mom to her kids and an advocate of women’s and children’s charities including StepUp Women’s Network, Healthy Child Healthy World, and she is currently a member of the Board of Directors of Free Arts.

Rutherford lost a bid to keep her children in the U.S. after a judge refused to overturn a previous court ruling that they should live with their father in France.

She has spent two years flying back and forth from France to see her children, who live with her ex-husband Daniel Giersch.

German-born Giersch had his O1 visa – granted to individuals with Extraordinary Ability or Achievement – revoked two years ago. The State Department will not comment on the reason for this, only to say it is classified.  This prompted a court to give him custody of the children in France in 2012 as he cannot legally enter the U.S. He will not comment on the case.  He later took the kids to Monaco, where they have citizenship.

In 2012, a California judge ordered that the children live with Giersch in France after his work visa was revoked, preventing him from living in the US. Rutherford appealed but lost.

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Ever Heard Of Anything So Grotesque? Murder-Suicide By Chainsaw In Pennsylvania

A coroner has ruled the deaths of a Pennsylvania couple found dead in their home with chainsaw lacerations a murder-suicide, reports CBS Philly.

The station identifies the couple as 48-year-old Christopher Peppelman and 43-year-old Nicole Peppelman.  Fox 4 News of Kansas City states Nicole Peppelman was 41.  The man reportedly killed his wife by chainsaw, and then turned the chainsaw on himself.

Authorities say the Philadelphia-area husband and wife bled to death, according to ABC News.

They were found dead around 1 p.m. Tuesday by their 14-year-old son in their Lower Moreland Township home, reports the station.

Lower Moreland Township is about 16 miles northeast of Philadelphia, according to cbsnews.com.

Nicole Peppelman’s death was ruled a homicide. She reportedly died of an injury to her abdomen caused by a chainsaw. She was also stabbed and choked, according to the station.

Christopher Peppelman died of an injury to his abdomen and thigh caused by a chainsaw, reportedly a suicide.

More here:

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/police-2-found-dead-in-pennsylvania-home-had-lacerations-from-chainsaw/

(Updated article: age discrepancy on wife)

Same-Sex Couple Marries In Texas Under Strange One-Time Order

Despite Texas’ longstanding ban on gay marriage, a same-sex female couple married in Austin on Thursday immediately after being granted a marriage license under a one-time court order issued for medical reasons.

The license was issued for Sarah Goodfriend and Suzanne Bryant, who requested the license in Travis County two days after a local judge ruled in an unrelated estate case that Texas’ gay-marriage ban was unconstitutional.

The couple cited that case, saying it should allow them to wed.

It wasn’t immediately clear if the couple’s wedding would have legal standing since Texas still has a ban, which remains before a federal appeals court. Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton filed an immediate appeal of the ruling to the Texas Supreme Court.