Last week we had an interesting discussion about this case, as Ariel Winter‘s mother was accused of trying to leak nude photos of Shanelle Winters– Ariel‘s older sister and current guardian. While some of us expressed serious concern over these allegations, Trent raised an interesting point about Ariel‘s family, and how Mexican family dynamics might be at play here. In other words, there’s the possibility that Chrystal (Ariel‘s mother) is a very strict parent whose children simply do not want to live under her rules. And now the story gets further complicated, as Shanelle Winters has admitted to Chrystal‘s lawyers that she tried drugs in the past, and spent a few nights in jail following an arrest for reckless driving. Click inside to learn more.
TMZ has the report:
Ariel Winter‘s sister — and current guardian — sat down for a deposition with her mother’s attorneys, and was hammered with questions about drug use … TMZ has learned … but the questions for the most part netted the history of your average Joan.
Shanelle Gray was grilled last week by Chrystal Workman‘s attorneys in the ongoing guardianship case for the “Modern Family” star — and sources connected to Shanelle tell us she was asked if she ever took drugs … specifically, cocaine.
We’re told Shanelle said she tried cocaine only once — either in 2005 or 2006 — at a Hollywood party. She thought someone laced it with something bad … because she got sick.
We’re told Shanelle told the attorneys she went to the hospital as a precautionary measure, and was released that same night.
We’re also told Shanelle copped to spending a “few days in jail” in Virgina, when she was 19 … in connection with a reckless driving incident.
And our sources say Shanelle was asked if she ever got a DUI. We’re told she said she was pulled over in LA in 2005 or 2006 and was given a ticket on a night when she had “one glass of wine.” She says the judge eventually threw out the ticket because her blood alcohol level was so low.
Sources close to Chrystal tell us her attorneys plan to use Shanelle’s depo info during the guardianship hearing … in an attempt to show she is not a suitable role model or guardian for Ariel.
So, you can see how this is getting tricky. Now I told Trent that I could certainly appreciate his argument about culturally specific parenting that could translate to ‘abuse.’ But having experienced the foster care system for myself, I tend to side with someone like Shanelle, who spent a couple of years in a foster home following allegations of abuse against her Mom. However, this particular case is about what’s best for Ariel, who is now living with someone who has tried cocaine and spent time in jail. But whether or not these things make Shanelle an unsuitable guardian is debatable, I think.
Does this report change any of your initial thoughts surrounding this case? It’s really hard to judge this issue from the outside, but ultimately, I’m just hoping Ariel gets the family she deserves.