Sister of Montrose 'Modern Family' Star Will Remain Guardian

Montrose child actress Ariel Winter will remain in the custody of her Studio City sister, Shanelle Gray.

The sister of "Modern Family" actress Ariel Winter will continue serving as the temporary guardian of the teen amidst allegations of abuse by her mother, a judge ruled Tuesday.

Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Michael Levanas said the 14-year-old actress should stay with Shanelle Gray pending a non-jury trial on whether to make her the permanent guardian.

A date for that trial was not immediately set.

Gray was named temporary guardian of the actress Oct. 3. According to court documents, Winter contends she has been subjected to physical and mental abuse by her mother, Chrisoula Workman, who has vehemently denied the allegations and filed multiple declarations from family friends who claimed they had never seen any abuse.

Winter stars as brainy teen Alex Dunphy in the Emmy-winning ABC series.

Attorney David Booth, addressing the court on behalf of Ariel's father, Glenn Workman, said his client opposes the temporary guardianship and is willing to move back into the family home and live with his daughter. He said Ariel's mother would agree to leave the residence.

But Levanas said Glenn Workman's sworn declaration was confusing because in some portions he claims to support Gray's efforts, but elsewhere says he believes she is alienating Ariel from her parents.

Levanas also noted that a report from the county Department of Children and Family Services stated that if he did not establish a temporary guardianship, the agency planned to step in and do so. The agency found evidence of emotional abuse toward Winter, but not physical abuse, Levanas said.

Chrisoula Workman's attorney, Anita Gumm, told Levanas the actress is a "rebellious teenager" and also said her older sister, a mother of two children, is beset with personal concerns that make her unsuited to serve as temporary guardian to her younger sibling.

"She (Gray) has her own family to take care of," Gumm said. "Ariel's mother has sacrificed her life to make her a success."

But Gray's attorney, Michael Kretzmer, said neither parent is suited to step in and take over the role now being served by his client.

"There isn't a relationship between Ariel and her father and her mother has been controlling," he said. "This has not been for one second a picture of a rebellious teen. She's doing quite well in the custody of Ms. Gray as her temporary guardian."

But Gumm said Chrisoula Workman's role as a strict parent should not be held against her.

"A controlling mother does not mean she is unfit," she said.

Sue Kilpatrick November 21, 2012 at 03:25 AM
BREAKING NEWS? Why? This should not be treated like Hollywood gossip! When I see Breaking News, this is not what I expect! Accidents, warnings, weather alerts and such, would be appropriate. This is not!
ROBERT E. FISHBACK November 21, 2012 at 04:22 AM
Sue, No joke....but at least this lost soul is not a hypocrit...she truly is a good personification of the Modern Family....
Sue Kilpatrick November 21, 2012 at 06:55 PM
Clever observation and true. The whole scenario is very representative of media and family- a sad commentary. This is not meant to be critical or funny.
ROBERT E. FISHBACK November 21, 2012 at 09:05 PM
Sue: If you want proof of what you just wrote, google kabc news, Los angeles. It reads like a tabloid. This also speaks to the public's appetites, the media knows what sells...b
ROBERT E. FISHBACK November 22, 2012 at 03:06 AM
I found NORMAN GRABOWSKI in the diary I kept for many years. I entered something every day. On a Saturday in 1983, I entered that I had enjoyred listening to Rockin' John Henry on his Saturday Bandstand show. He had NORMAN GRABOWSkI in the studio, and when I found out he was from So. Cal and had delivered fresh eggs to ROE ZEE market. I really payed attention. He was a genious hot rod builder who invented and built the first "T-Bucket" which was featured on 77 Sunset Strip> He was also a master wood carver and his hand carved wooden skull shifter knobs became top priority for hot rodders. I throw this in because someone out there may have something interesting to add to this C. V. legend...b


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