Modern Family Star's Mom: I Found Her in Bed With Man

Ariel Winter's mother fighting abuse allegations

By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff

Posted Nov 9, 2012 10:16 AM CST

(Newser) – There's more to the Ariel Winter abuse story than meets the eye—at least according to Chris Workman, the mother of the 14-year-old Modern Family star. Workman claimed in a police filing from last month that she found Winter in bed with an 18-year-old in September, Celebuzz reports. The incident report, filed Oct. 6, claims that the man—Winter's boyfriend of five months, according to her mom—was engaging in "possible unlawful sex with minor." In a statement yesterday, Workman claimed that this incident was the real reason Winter filed for a restraining order and asked to be removed from her home and placed under the care of her sister.

But Workman didn't file the police report until three days after Ariel contacted the Department of Child and Family Services alleging abuse. Because of that, authorities doubt Workman and think she's just making up a story in order to get custody back, TMZ reports. Sources tell the gossip site that the first time Workman mentioned the supposed 18-year-old was during a guardianship hearing last month, and say they doubt there was ever any sexual relationship. But E! notes that Winter has publicly confirmed a relationship with 18-year-old actor Cameron Palatas. In another statement to Celebuzz, Workman claims that Winter's sister, Shanelle Gray, has no real relationship with Winter and only came "out of the woodwork" after Winter started making big bucks on Modern Family. (Workman has the family doctor on her side, too.)

In this Sept. 24, 2012 file photo, Ariel Winter attends the World Premiere of Batman: The Dark Knight Returns Part 1 at The Paley Center for Media, in Beverly Hills, Calif.
In this Sept. 24, 2012 file photo, Ariel Winter attends the World Premiere of "Batman: The Dark Knight Returns Part 1" at The Paley Center for Media, in Beverly Hills, Calif.   (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP, File)
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