Gossip Girl actress Kelly Mellherfords multimillionaire ex-husband Daniel Giersch puts his £ 11.25 million Cannes fort & # 39; for sale after the bitter 10 year custody battle of the former couple
- Daniel Giersch and the marriage of American actress Kelly Rutherford failed in 2008
- The former couple has since been locked up in a dispute about their two children
- Giersch had designed a forte-like building in Mougins for his two children
- But they never came to live there – and he has now brought the vast estate onto the market
Khaleda Rahman for Mailonline
The multimillionaire ex-husband of Gossip Girl actress Kelly Rutherford has put his vast Cannes property on the market after a bitter custody battle between the former couple.
The German businessman Daniel Giersch, 44, and his ex-wife Kelly Rutherford, 50, have been locked up for ten years in a dispute over the custody of their children – Hermes, 12 and Helena, nine years old.
The expansive nine-bedroom estate in Mougins – & # 39; described as one of the safest homes in the world & # 39; – is designed for their children, but they have never lived there.
Now Giersch, a German-based German entrepreneur, has brought the property to the market for £ 11.25 million, according to The Times.
Daniel Giersch, 44, and ex-wife Kelly Rutherford, 50, (pictured together with their son in 2008) have been locked up in a dispute over custody of their children since 2008
He has marketed the property of Cannes after a bitter custody battle between the former couple
The beautiful building was designed for their children, but they never lived there
The vast nine-bedroom estate in Mougins is described as one of the safest houses in the world & # 39;
It is sad to see how much money has been burned in this case, "said Reinhard Ortell, a Swiss lawyer who sold the house on behalf of the trust fund that Giersch had set up for his children against the newspaper.
& # 39; Only people with so much money can afford this kind of drama. & # 39;
The stubbornness of the couple started when their two-year marriage failed in 2008.
Giersch – best known for disputing Google's rights to the Gmail trademark in Europe – was forced to leave Los Angeles after losing his American visa when the marriage ended.
Their bitter break led to lawsuits and public insults.
Giersch (pictured with Rutherford) was forced to leave Los Angeles after losing his American visa when the marriage ended
After their divorce was completed in 2010, the couple received joint custody.
However, the lack of an American visa by Giersch made it complicated.
Rutherford – who played Lily van der Woodsen on Gossip Girl – filed for bankruptcy and claimed that her legal efforts to keep her children in the US had cost her more than $ 1.5 million.
Later it was decided that the children would go to an international school in Mougins, where the mother of Giersch lived according to the Times.
Kelly Rutherford is best known for playing Lily van der Woodsen on Gossip Girl (top)
Giersch bought a villa there, close to the school where his children would come, and then the house next door – meant for Rutherford when she was there.
But when Giersch began to fear that his children would be returned to the US without his permission, he decided to turn the properties into a fort.
The children lived in his apartment in Monte Carlo and commuted to their school in Mougins.
But a tunnel was built that connected the two properties – and panic rooms were built in both.
In addition to the flight tunnels and panic rooms, Mougins fort also had bulletproof windows, a boxing ring and a ballet studio.
The property also features state-of-the-art security cameras & sensors, and motion sensors.
But the children of Giersch and Rutherford never moved to the Mougins building after US courts decided they had no jurisdiction in the case.
They are now going to school in Monte Carlo.
Despite the sad story behind the property, Ortell says that for others it is a house of joy & # 39; could be.