14-year old Ariel Winter, who plays smart middle child Alex Dunphy on Modern Family, has been removed from her family home over allegations of parental abuse. She’s now in the custody of her older sister Shanelle Gray, who was removed from the home 20 years ago over similar allegations.
They filed court papers last month, claiming that their mother, Crystal Workman, regularly subjected Ariel to physical and emotional abuse. She would allegedly hit and slap the young star, call her vile names, insult her about her weight, deprive her of food and attempted to ‘sexualize’ her.
The sister is asking that Ariel’s paychecks go to an account that their mom can’t touch. She’s worth about $500k thanks to her show’s success. Her mother is barred from all contact until they go to a follow-up on the 20th of this month.
But the mother and a brother both deny all the abuse claims and even said that the older sister Shanelle’s claims from 20 years ago bogus.
There’s another rumor that this is all happening because Ariel wants to legally emancipate herself so she can continue dating this 17-year old boy (A.N.T. star Cameron Palatas) that her mother ordered her to break up with but several sources are now saying that’s not true.