Kelly Rutherford's Petition Reaches 100K Signatures, White House Must Respond

The actress struck a blow in her lengthy international custody battle against her ex-husband.

Actress Kelly Rutherford has been fighting to get the White House to help bring her kids back to the United States, and her petition has now reached 100,000 signatures -- which is the milestone a petition needs to reach to receive a White House review.

The former Gossip Girl actress has been in a bitter six-year international custody battle with her ex-husband, German businessman Daniel Giersch, over their children Hermes, 8, and Helena, 5.

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Rutherford's kids have been living with Giersch in Monaco since 2012 after his work visa was revoked, barring him from entering the U.S. A California judge ruled in Giersch's favor, ordering that the children should live with him in France. Rutherford has been fighting the decision ever since.

According to the 40-year-old Gossip Girl actress, the protracted legal battle has cost her nearly $2.5 million.

Rutherford started her petition on We The People in April, and with the support of her former Gossip Girl so-stars and other celebs (Kim Kardashian included) spreading the word online and encouraging people to sign, she may now have a fighting chance at bringing her children back to the U.S.

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Of course Rutherford's petition reaching the 100,000 signatures mark does not guarantee that the White House or the U.S. government will take action in the matter. It only assures that her petition and her cause will receive proper review and consideration.

Whose side are you on?

Rutherford recently talked about how this lengthy legal battle has taken a huge toll on her life and livelihood: