Ariel Winter, the 14-year old on Modern Family , has been forcibly removed from her mother’s home after Winter’s older sister claimed she was being abused. The older sister also created a new bank account to put her sister’s money in, because that’s what you do first when you find out that your sister is being beaten, right? E! reports:
Ariel’s mother, Chrisoula Workman, is being accused of physically and emotionally abusing her daughter. Per her guardianship petition, Ariel’s sister, Shanelle Gray, alleges that Workman has slapped, hit and pushed Ariel, as well as abused her in the form of “vile name calling, personal insults about [her and her weight], attempts to ‘sexualize’ minor, deprivation of food, etc. for an extended period of time.”Gray’s petition concludes that it’s imperative she be appointed Ariel’s personal guardian and head of her estimated $500,000 estate, both for the teen’s physical safety and because Workman is currently receiving the checks from her daughter’s TV work and is in charge of her Coogan account (money that by California law is set aside for child actors for when they reach adulthood). Ariel’s sister wants the actress’ paychecks sent to a new bank account that Workman won’t be able to access.
The mom denies the allegations, but the older sister was removed from the home 20 years as well, so who knows what’s going on here. The most shocking thing about this story is that three women who know each other can’t get along. Has that ever happened before? I hope this story doesn’t reflect negatively on how women treat each other.