“Gossip Girl” Star Loses Child Custody Battle

“Gossip Girl” star Kelly Rutherford has lost her bid to have her children returned to the United States.

Rutherford’s ex-husband, Daniel Giersch, has been living in France with the children (ages 3 and 5) and has been unable to return to the U.S. because his visa has been revoked. A family court judge ruled that Rutherford has a flexible schedule and is able to travel back and forth to France to spend time with her children. The court granted Rutherford 50% parenting time with the children.

Rutherford is reportedly “devastated” by the court’s ruling and plans to appeal.

Source: TMZ.com, “Kelly Rutherford Devastated by Custody Ruling,” August 28, 2012

Ex-Incubus Bassist’s Wife Files for Divorce

The wife of ex-Incubus bassist Dirk Lance (whose real name is Alex Katunich) has filed for divorce.

Emily Felz Hansen filed for divorce from Lance in Los Angeles County Superior Court. The couple married in 2004 and has a 1-year old daughter. Hansen is asking for joint legal custody of the child and sole physical custody with visitation rights for Lance.

Lance joined Incubus in 1991 and played with the band until 2003.

Source: TMZ.com, “Dirk Lance[,] Ex-Incubus Bassist Digs in for Divorce,” August 27, 2012

White House Party Crashers Finalize Divorce

The couple that crashed a White House state dinner in 2009 has finalized their divorce.

Tareq Salahi filed for divorce from his wife Michaele in September 2011 after she left him for Journey guitarist Neal Schon. Tareq subsequently dropped his divorce suit, but Michaele filed a divorce petition of her own in December.

The couple’s divorce became increasingly bitter and contentious as Tareq filed a $50 million personal injury lawsuit against Schon and Journey, alleging that Schon publicly humiliated him and cost him several business opportunities. Tareq also claimed that Schon emailed him a photo of his penis and called him to say, “I’m f**king your wife.”

Michaele retaliated and filed an $850,000 defamation suit against Tareq, accusing him of calling her a “groupie slut” during a television interview.

All that came to end and the Salahis were able to settle their divorce, which was finalized on Monday. The parties also settled their lawsuits out of court.

Michaele told E! News, “After all these years, finally where I always wanted to be, with Neal Schon.”

Schon said in a statement, “I was never concerned about the $50 million lawsuit as I knew it was always about their divorce. It’s over. I win, she’s with me.”

As for Tareq, he says that he plans to run for governor in Virginia next year. Schon said that he “wish[es] Tareq the best with his candidacy.”

Source:  Eonline.com, “Tareq and Michaele Salahi Finalize Divorce,” Rebecca Macatee, August 21, 2012

Stevie Wonder Files for Divorce

Stevie Wonder has filed for divorce from his wife of 11 years.

Wonder (whose real name is Stevland Morris) filed for divorce from Kai Millard Morris. The couple married in 2001 and has two sons (ages 10 and 7). Wonder is seeking joint custody of the children.

According to documents filed by Wonder, the couple separated in October 2009. Wonder is being represented by celebrity divorce lawyer Laura Wasser.

Source: TMZ.com, “Stevie Wonder Files for Divorce,” August 3, 2012

Actress Brook Kerr Files for Divorce

“Passions” star Brook Kerr has filed for divorce from her husband Christopher Warren.

Kerr and Warren have been married for 22 years, but they separated in 2009. The couple has one son, Chris Warren Jr. (who is 22 years old).

Source: TMZ.com, “ ‘Passions’ Star Brook Kerr Files for Divorce – Not from a Gay Half-Brother,” August 1, 2012

Former “Celebrity Rehab” Star Ordered to Stay Away from Ex-Girlfriend

Former “Celebrity Rehab” star Shifty Shellshock (whose real name is Seth Binzer) has been ordered to stay away from his ex-girlfriend.

Shifty was arrested in February at a Ross Dress for Less store when an employee reported that he saw him grab his girlfriend by the arm during an argument and get violent with her. When the police arrived, they searched Shifty and found rock cocaine on him. He was charged with battery and drug possession.

Shifty pled no contest to the charges today and was sentenced to three years probation. The court issued a 3-year restraining order and also ordered Shifty to attend domestic violence counseling for 52 weeks.

Shifty told TMZ that he’s turning his life around: “I’m good. I’m clean. I’m happy.”

Source: TMZ.com, “Shifty Shellshock Ordered to Stay Away from Ex-Girlfriend,” July 31, 2012