A little while back we had to report on a truly sad story. Ariel Winter from ABC‘s Modern Family was removed from her mother’s care, following allegations of physical and emotional abuse in the home. The 14 year-old actress has been living with her sister Shanelle since then and seems to be doing fine, although it can’t be easy to have all this going on right now. The family is supposed to appear before a judge so that a final determination can be made about the case, but in the meantime, new, troubling details about Ariel‘s mom are beginning to surface. Click inside to read more.
TMZ has the report:
Ariel Winter‘s mother recently attempted to leak nude photos of Ariel’s sister Shanelle Gray through a Hollywood publicist — this according to the publicist himself, who could end up playing a critical role in the battle for custody of Ariel.
Jonathan Hay tells TMZ … Chrystal Workman – the “Modern Family” star’s mother — contacted him this week, and said she had nude photos of Shanelle she wanted to secretly release to the public.
TMZ broke the story … a judge awarded Shanelle guardianship of 14-year-old Ariel in October after allegations Chrystal was emotionally and physically abusing Ariel.
Hay claims Chrystal hounded him all week about leaking the pics — which he says are 8 or 9 years old — but he refused because he felt like Chrystal was trying to “sell out her daughter” … and he wanted to help Ariel.
Hay says he’s already been contacted by a member of Ariel’s legal team — but adds at this point it’s unclear how much of a role, if any, he will play in the case.
Hay says he would have no problem filing a declaration in support of Ariel — but says he has not been asked to do so yet.
Ariel’s case will be back in court on December 10.
I cannot UGH enough. This is one of those stories that I really, really hope is untrue. A mother leaking nude pictures of her own daughter?! That can’t be real. And then again… it could absolutely be real. If Chrystal is capable of physically and emotionally abusing both of her daughters (Ariel‘s sister Shanelle suffered similar abuse when she was younger, and she was sent to a foster home for two years), then she’s certainly capable of this.
Again, I UGH. It’s really scary to think of all the damage someone can do when they bring children into this world… but clearly have no business bringing children into the world. Here’s hoping Ariel can stay with her sister (I’m pretty sure she’s still a better guardian than Chrystal… nude photos or no), and that she gets the love and support she needs during this time.