The Gossip Girl actress, 46, appeared in a Monaco court Thursday in her ongoing custody battle for her two kids — son Hermés, 9, and daughter Helena, 6.
While her current parenting arrangement remains the same – she and ex-husband Daniel Giersch have joint custody but the children live primarily with him in Monaco, France – Rutherford attended a two-hour hearing Thursday in which a new court date was set for Oct. 26.
In the meantime, Rutherford is enjoying the visitation time with her kids in Monaco.
As it turns out, the children were forced to say goodbye to their mother in the courthouse and left with their grandmother en route to Monaco.
After the heartbreaking court hearing, the actress said her children’s voices “have not been heard.”
“I walked into a courtroom where everything felt like it was already done. It was a done deal,” she added. “His mother was sitting there with plane tickets, smiling, ready to take them.”
The pair divorced in 2009, and Rutherford has been fighting their parenting plan since 2012, when a California judge ruled that since Giersch’s U.S. visa had been revoked, the children would live with him in Monaco and Rutherford would fly out to visit – even though they technically shared joint custody.
Actress Salma Hayek and daughter Valentina, nearly 8, were all smiles departing from Los Angeles International Airport on Thursday (September 3).
The day before, the Grown Ups star celebrated her 49th birthday.
The proud mom-of-one Instagrammed an image from her birthday party.
“Best gift of the day – My little girl made me a cake. Happy Birthday to me!!!” Hayek captioned the image of her homemade birthday cake.
In July, the actress and her daughter attended the L.A. premiere of the animated film Khalil Gibran’s The Prophet, which Hayek produced.
“I never do it,” Hayek said of putting her daughter in the spotlight. “But it’s a special occasion. She suffered through Mommy not being around for so long with this one. She’s been a part of it because she had to sacrifice also for this film.”
She added: “For her, after seeing this movie, she doesn’t see death in the same way. She did a drawing of my grandmother’s tomb. She never met my grandmother. She was sad she was dead. Now after seeing the movie, in the drawing, my grandmother was released from the ground and she’s a spirit among us. That’s pretty awesome.”