November 7, 2012
'Modern' star's mom denies abuse claim
LOS ANGELES - The mother of Modern Family star Ariel Winter on Wednesday denied that she abused her daughter after a judge temporarily placed the 14-year-old actress in her sisterís care.
ďItís all untrue, itís all untrue,Ē Chris Workman, Winterís mother, told People magazine. ďI have my doctorís letter that my daughterís never been abused.Ē
According to court papers, a Los Angeles Superior Court judge last month put Winter, who plays the precocious teenager Alex Dunphy on the Emmy-winning TV comedy, under the temporary guardianship of her older sister, Shanelle Gray.
Celebrity website TMZ.com said Winterís mother was alleged to have slapped and emotionally abused the teen, and had been ordered to stay away from her. Ariel has left her motherís home, TMZ said.
Gray will retain guardianship of Winter at least until a Nov. 20 hearing, a judge said.
Winterís publicist did not return calls for comment on Wednesday.
ďModern FamilyĒ portrays the lives of three zany families and has won three consecutive Emmy award as American televisionís best comedy series.