Ariel Winter Of ‘Modern Family’ Is Removed From Her Mother’s Care, Following Abuse Allegations


Ariel Winter is the 14 year-old actress who plays Alex Dunphy on ABC’s Modern Family. If you watch the show then you’ve surely fallen in lurve with the super-smart, super-snarky teen who plays daughter to Ty Burrell and Julie Bowen’s characters. Unfortunately, Ariel has some very real family drama occurring in her own household. Her mother– who lost custody of Ariel’s sister almost twenty years ago– has now lost custody of Ariel Winter, following allegations of physical and emotional abuse. We’ve seen what kind of damage a not-so-great mom can do to a young actress (shouts-out to Dina Lohan), so this is really a very scary, but ultimately hopeful report. Click inside to learn more.

E! has the report:

The 14-year-old Modern Family star has been removed from her mother’s care and her adult sister is looking to become her permanent guardian, according to court documents obtained Wednesday by E! News.

Ariel’s mother, Chrisoula Workman, is being accused of physically and emotionally abusing her daughter.

Per her guardianship petition, Ariel’s sister, Shanelle Gray, alleges that Workman has slapped, hit and pushed Ariel, as well as abused her in the form of “vile name calling, personal insults about [her and her weight], attempts to ‘sexualize’ minor, deprivation of food, etc. for an extended period of time.”

Gray’s petition concludes that it’s imperative she be appointed Ariel’s personal guardian and head of her estimated $500,000 estate, both for the teen’s physical safety and because Workman is currently receiving the checks from her daughter’s TV work and is in charge of her Coogan account (money that by California law is set aside for child actors for when they reach adulthood).

Ariel’s sister wants the actress’ paychecks sent to a new bank account that Workman won’t be able to access.

Workman, meanwhile, denies the abuse allegations, telling E! News, “I want to say the horrible, untrue accusations are false and ridiculous.”

“I have my doctor’s letter that my daughter’s never been abused…I have stylists’ letters that she’s never been abused.”

Gray, who was appointed her sister’s temporary guardian on Oct. 3, further alleges that Ariel is estranged from her father, Glenn, and he is incapable of properly caring for her.

Workman has been ordered to stay away from her daughter at least until the guardianship hearing scheduled for Nov. 20.

Now there were previous reports that Ariel Winter was looking to become an emancipated minor so that she could live with her boyfriend, but those are now said to be completely false. Seeing as how Ariel’s sister Shanelle suffered a similar abuse in this home (according to TMZ), it’s easy to believe that Ariel is really in a bad situation and needs a safe place to call home.

Stories like this just plain suck– there’s no other way to really put it. Although I cannot completely identify with Ariel, I didn’t grow up with my biological parents and spent a few years in foster care, like Ariel’s sister. Even under the best circumstances, it sucks to grow up without the ability to rely on the people who brought you into this world. Way too many of us can identify with that feeling.

But it sounds like Ariel and her sister are making the right moves here, if the allegations are true. You can read the court documents here; it’s all pretty bad stuff. And then there’s always the question of whether or not Ariel’s mother is telling the truth. Personally (and having my own biases, obviously) I don’t buy her story. The so-called evidence that she has just doesn’t seem compelling– a letter from her own doctor and letters from stylists? That doesn’t carry a lot of weight with me (nor the judge, apparently); what do you think?

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  • ClaireMichelle

    Thank goodness she has her sister to turn to and rely on to take care of her. Especially since she has been there, she should know what Ariel needs right now. Best wishes to the both of them and the rest of their family.

    • Shannon

      ClaireMichelle, I agree. It’s so good that she has someone in the family that she can rely on. Hopefully everything works out with this new arrangement.

  • Brenna

    How very sad. I’m sure it’s horrible for her to be going through this situation but to go through it PUBLICLY? Wow.

  • Lulu

    Aww.. I love Ariel… Poor girl! I wish her the best!
    Hopefully she has a “family” with the Modern Family people she can lean on too..