Modern Family Star: Mom Abused Me
Ariel Winter's mother denies allegations
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Nov 8, 2012 9:54 AM CST
Actress Ariel Winter arrives at the 16th Annual Millennium Awards presented by Global Green USA on Saturday June 2, 2012 in Santa Monica, Calif.   (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

(Newser) – Ariel Winter, the 14-year-old who plays Alex Dunphy on Modern Family, has been granted a restraining order against her mom after alleging abuse. Ariel's court papers allege some very disturbing behavior by her mom, Chris Workman: "ongoing physical abuse (slapping, hitting, pushing) and emotional abuse (vile name-calling, personal insults about minor and minor's weight, attempts to 'sexualize' minor, deprivation of food, etc.) for an extended period of time." But Workman tells People the allegations are not true, and that she has letters from doctors and stylists who are on her side. For the time being, a judge granted Ariel's older sister guardianship until a Nov. 20 hearing.

That sister, actress Shanelle Gray, was also reportedly removed from her mother's home almost two decades ago after similar claims. But their brother, Jimmy Workman (who played Pugsley Addams in the Addams Family movies), defends his mother against both sisters. "There is no truth to these allegations," he tells Us. "The allegations made 20 years ago are not true and the ones today are not true. This is a mother who does everything for her kids."

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nellpost
Nov 9, 2012 3:33 PM CST
Well, if MY 14 year old daughter is having sex with an older guy (or ANY guy) in MY house in one of the beds I paid for, I'd sure as heck give her a piece of my mind and/or a swat and/or whatever! Whatever is wrong with this young girl and what surely is wrong with the guy????? Good for the mother and shame on this little tramp (other side of the story?) for trying to rearrange facts. IMO
Sphinx
Nov 9, 2012 9:42 AM CST
This makes me sad. It's always awful when children are brought up in hateful environments, but I pretty much love this girl. Ariel is an amazing actress. During her stint on ER, she had me in tears every episode.
793tango
Nov 8, 2012 4:55 PM CST
Could be mom is playing favorites and doting on the son while resenting and taking out her hostilities on the girls. It's happened.