A federal judge has ruled that a DJ must be extradited to Paris in a child custody battle.
Angie Vu has been in jail for seven months after she was arrested while trying to flee the United States with her 9-year-old daughter, the New York Daily News reported.
She was detained at John F. Kennedy airport by US marshals last November. She was trying to travel with her daughter to China using one-way tickets. From there, she intended to travel on to Vietnam, the country of her birth.
Vu’s daughter is legally supposed to be in the custody of her biological father.
Federal Judge Frederic Block stated there was “ample evidence” that Vu knew she was violating a French family court order granting custody of the child to the biological father.
A day prior to his ruling, Block permitted Vu to appear before him for an oral argument on the extradition decision. Vu described the appearance as “overwhelming.”
“Seeking justice for myself and my daughter has been a long and challenging journey and behind it are many strong emotions that all came to the surface when it was my chance to speak in court,” she told the New York Daily News.
However, the hearing did not last long, with Block stating that a French court had to hear the argument.
Vu has appeared in Playboy magazine and has also been described as “Asia’s sexiest DJ.”
She faces child abduction charges in France, but Vu contended French authorities did not have probable cause to charge her.
Vu’s attorney, Mia Eisner-Grynberg, argued that Richard Froger, the child’s father, illegally obtained custody of the child in France and was now trying to have Vu charged.
Eisner-Grynberg also alleged there was nothing suspicious about Vu’s plan to travel to Vietnam.
“Her intention was only to pursue lawful process over her existing parental rights in Vietnam, not to abduct her child,” the attorney wrote, according to the New York Post.
The prosecution dismissed this, arguing that Vu “deliberately failed to return” the child to Froger despite being ordered by a court to do so.
Vu still has the right to appeal the decision to extradite her to France to the U.S. Appeals Court and Secretary of State John Kerry.