Actress Kelly Rutherford's Ex-husband Daniel Giersch Has Launched A Defamation Lawsuit Against Editors At Vanity Fair Magazine.
Giersch, who was granted full custody of the former couple's two children following a three-year battle earlier this month (Dec15), claims the publication's bosses printed falsehoods about him while covering the legal drama last year.
The German-born businessman insists suggestions his former wife initiated divorce proceedings aren't true and he denies claims he wanted the couple's son, Hermes, to have a German passport, and did not visit their daughter until the day after she was born.
Giersch recently filed legal papers in Germany and was granted a restraining order in Hamburg last week (ends25Dec15), according to the New York Daily News. The ruling indicates bosses at the publication could face fines of up to $275,000 (£183,330) if they continue to publish the disputed claims in Germany.
"Our client, Daniel Giersch, has had to repeatedly endure in recent years numerous assertions that were untrue and completely fabricated," Giersch's lawyer Dr. Oliver Scherenberg says. "This needs to come to an end, now."
"Our client has suffered significant injury to his reputation due to these untrue and defamatory assertions, against which he is now defending himself," he continues. "The actions taken against the false assertions published in Vanity Fair are only the beginning.
"The children of our client must have an opportunity to grow up in peace and to be shielded from the glare of the public eye. This means that they should not have to read falsehoods in the press about their father. It also means that they should be kept out of the media spotlight as much as possible."