The divorce action between Gossip Girl star Kelly Rutherford and her estranged husband has turned ugly, with the actress seeking to bar him from leaving the United States with their two-year-old son for fear they’ll disappear, people.com reports.
The website says estranged husband David Giersch countered in L.A. Superior Court with papers alleging the actress, who’s four months pregnant with their second child, has a bad temper, once throwing a laptop at him and another time trying to sock him with her fist.
Rutherford, 40, filed for divorce from Giersch, an entrepreneur, last month after being married a little over two years, seeking sole physical custody with monitored visitation. On the same day, Giersch filed for legal separation, seeking sole legal and physical custody with visitation for her.
In emergency papers filed Friday, Rutherford sought to bar Giersch, 34, from traveling outside the United States with their son Hermès, people.com says.
“I feel there is some risk that he will leave the country with Hermès and I will not know where they are,” Rutherford said in a declaration, adding that during their marriage, he told her of a pending investigation in his native Germany that could lead to his arrest.
Giersch fired back in a response that he has dutifully served as Hermès’ main caretaker in L.A., and that Rutherford’s commitments to Gossip Girl and her bicoastal commute were a reason why their marriage failed.