Ariel Winter’s Sister Granted Guardianship: Was It the Right Move? Get In on the Conversation with HLN’s Ryan Smith

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Ariel Winter's Mother
Ariel Winter's mother dishes about her court claim.
Early last week, Celebuzz reported that Modern Family star Ariel Winter was taken away from her mother, Chris Workman, with a judge granting temporary custody of the 14-year-old to her older sister, Shanelle Gray.

In court papers filed on Oct. 3, Winter claims her mother subjected her to “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.”

On Oct. 6, three days after Winter filed said papers, Workman filed an incident report with police where she alleged “suspicious circumstances, possible unlawful sex with minor,” involving her daughter and 18-year-old boyfriend. In the three page report, Workman claims “she walked in the guest bedroom of her home and found her daughter, Ariel Winter Workman, in bed with boyfriend, [Name Redacted].”

In an exclusive interview with Celebuzz, Workman says, “I filed charges against him because legally he is an adult and if he wants to engage in adult behavior with a minor than he should also be ready to suffer adult consequences for his actions and poor judgment.”

“I will not apologize for protecting my daughter, as she means the world to me and I will always be there for her and I will always protect her to the best of my ability until the day I die.”

Ariel and her mother will face off at the next court hearing on Nov. 20.

Was the judge right in granting Ariel’s older sister temporary custody? Do you think Ariel’s mother should have filed charges against Ariel’s 18-year-old boyfriend or is this just a case of a child actor growing up too quickly?

Get in on the conversation

HLN’s Evening Express anchor, Ryan Smith, will be taking your questions and comments until tomorrow, Nov. 14, on Celebuzz and will be sharing his thoughts on the latest in the Ariel Winter case later this week.

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