'Modern Family' Actress Ariel Winter's Mother Denies Abuse Allegations (Report)
Ariel Winter's mother denies allegations that she physically and emotionally abused the 14-year-old Modern Family actress.
"I love my daughter very much. I would never abuse her in any way and I have always tried my best to always protect her and do what is right for her," Chris Workman says in a statement, via E! News. "My daughter is in a business that requires you to grow up fast. It's hard enough being a teenage girl, but it's even harder when you are in the public eye. However, because you are in the public eye, it doesn't mean you are no longer in need of good parenting."
As previously reported, a judge removed Winter from her home amid allegations of abuse by Workman. The actress, reportedly back on the set of the Emmy-winning ABC comedy, was placed in a temporary guardianship with her older sister Shanelle Gray on Oct. 3, following a guardianship hearing. The judge also ordered Workman to stay 100 yards away from her.
Another court hearing is set for Nov. 20, when Gray (also an actress) could be instated as Winter's permanent guardian.
"As for my estranged daughter, who has come out of the woodwork once it was announced that the kids on the show got a big raise recently, I will only say this, she has only seen her little sister maybe 10 times in the last fourteen years, they have no relationship and her motives are not out of love, but out of spite," Workman claims.
"I made a conscious decision years ago to distance her from the family because of the lies she told on me so many years ago. I never wanted her unstableness to effect [sic] Ariel or anyone else in the family. My biggest nightmare is now being played out in the public arena for people to make judgments on me and my daughter and our family."
She continues: "I only hope that as quickly as this blew up, that it will go away just as fast and Ariel will come home and we can move forward with love as a family."
Winter's rep did not immediately respond to THR's request for comment.
Meanwhile, her brother Jimmy Workman defended their mother in an interview with Entertainment Tonight, where he denied Winter and Gray's allegations and said Workman and Winter clashed over her relationship with an older boy (reported to be Cameron Palatas, an actor four years her senior).
Winter has played Alex Dunphy on ABC's Modern Family since it premiered in 2009, sharing two SAG Awards for ensemble acting with the comedy series' cast.
Winter also voices the title role in the upcoming animated movie Sofia the First: Once Upon a Princess, which premieres Nov. 18 on Disney Channel.