GOSSIP GIRL star Kelly Rutherford has revealed she twice called the police on her estranged husband DANIEL GIERSCH, as the couple's divorce battle gets nastier and nastier.
On the eve of the pair's court battle over custody of their two-year-old son Hermes, Rutherford has claimed Giersch left her terrified after a row, and she felt intimidated because of his boxing and kickboxing skills.
Rutherford, 40, who is four months pregnant with the former couple's second child, reveals she reported her husband to the authorities when the pair was staying at the Wales Hotel in New York. She alleges, "(He) kept yelling at me in front of Hermes, and threatening that he was going to take Hermes... He kept saying... that he was going to teach (me) a lesson."
Rutherford claims she also called the police after Giersch had "cornered" her at the home they shared in Los Angeles.
In new court papers, she states, "I was crying and (he) was yelling at me... He was again threatening to take Hermes away."
On both occasions, the authorities asked Giersch, 34, to leave, and apparently no arrests were made, according to documents obtained by People.com.
In a statement through his lawyer, Giersch says, "I don't want to comment because all of these accusations from Kelly are false and are intended to damage my reputation. I am solely seeking what is in our children's best interest."
Lawyers for both parties are due in court in Santa Monica, California on Wednesday (21Jan09).
Rutherford is seeking to ban Giersch from travelling outside the U.S. with Hermes.
Her estranged husband maintains Rutherford's working conditions have been detrimental to their child, and that he has become his son's primary caretaker.