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Ariel Winter Suffered Emotional Abuse by Mom: Children's Services

UpdatePosted 11/21/2012 07:15AM

Ariel Winter Suffered Emotional Abuse by Mom: Children's Services

Originally posted 11/20/2012 06:35PM

Ariel Winter, 14, will remain in the care of her adult sister, Shanelle Gray, for now, a judge ruled Tuesday in the family's bitter fight over the Modern Family actress.

A Department of Children and Family Services report to the court found evidence of emotional abuse by Ariel's mother, Chrisoula Workman, but that Ariel's allegations of physical abuse were "unsubstantiated."

The report also recommended that Gray be awarded permanent guardianship. A trial date will be set to settle that question.

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INSIDE STORY: How Ariel Winter's Family Drama Exploded in Court

Ariel Winter: How Her Family Drama Exploded in Court

Originally posted 11/15/2012 04:00PM

Is Ariel Winter's mother an out-of-control child abuser – or a pushy but protective stage mom doing the best she can with a temperamental teenager?

Those are among the issues facing a judge who'll decide as early as Nov. 20 who will raise the 14-year-old Modern Family star: her mother Chrisoula Workman or her 34-year-old sister Shanelle Gray.

The long-brewing family drama exploded at an Oct. 3 emergency guardianship hearing, where mother and daughter traded incendiary allegations, according to a newly released court transcript that contains previously unreported claims.

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Ariel Winter Is 'Doing Well' Amid Family Drama, Says Lawyer

Ariel Winter Is 'Doing Well' Amid Family Drama, Says Lawyer

Originally posted 11/09/2012 03:30PM

Despite her family's courtroom tug-of-war over where and how she should live, Modern Family's Ariel Winter is just fine, her attorney tells PEOPLE exclusively.

"Ariel is doing well and she has a lot of people who are loving her and supporting her at this time, and I'm pretty confident that she'll fare well through all of this," says the 14-year-old's guardianship attorney, Amir Pichvai.

"She is obviously a very smart and articulate young lady and an accomplished actress."

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Mom Denies Abusing Modern Family Star Ariel Winter

Ariel Winter's Mom Denies Abusing the Modern Family Star

Originally posted 11/07/2012 06:45PM

The mother of 14-year-old Modern Family star Ariel Winter denied Wednesday allegations she abused her daughter, who has a restraining order against her mom and has moved out of the house.

"It's all untrue, it's all untrue," Chris Workman tells PEOPLE.

According to court papers filed Oct. 3 in Los Angeles, Winter – who plays Alex Dunphy on the hit show – alleges 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."

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How Modern Family's Ariel Winter Balances Acting and School

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Ariel Winter: 'It's Not That Difficult' to Balance Acting and School

Originally posted 10/24/2012 09:00PM

There's no slowing down for Ariel Winter.

When she's not playing Alex Dunphy on Modern Family, the actress, 14, buries herself in her books.

"It's not that difficult to balance [work and school]," she told PEOPLE at Sunday's Camp Ronald McDonald for Good Times Halloween carnival on the Universal Studios backlot in L.A. "I'm big into school. I really try to make it work."

In fact, she's already thinking about her future higher education.

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