We think Modern Family is a very funny comedy, but one of its precious stars is dealing with some serious modern family drama!
Ariel Winter's mother Christina Workman allegedly had been making her daughter's life a living hell according to court documents filed by Winter's older sister.
Here are what the court documents said:
"Ariel Workman has been the victim of on-going 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 by the minor's mother, Christina Workman. Glenn Workman, father of minor is estranged and incapable of properly caring for minor.."
Also concerning for the sister was the fact that it is the mother who gets all of the checks Ariel receives from Modern Family. Ariel's estate is worth $500,000.
Here's what the court documents said:
"[The mother] receives checks for the minor's work on the television show, Modern Family and mother also has control of the minor's Coogan Account. Prospective guardian requests that the mother be directed to not make any withdrawls from such accounts and that all checks be delivered to the guardian for deposit in the blocked bank account to be established at Bank of America."
The judge subsequently ordered the Mother "not have any contact with the Minor pending further Court order."
We've heard enough of past child stars' dealings with their parents not to casually brush off these allegations.
It is always sad, but definitely can and has happened.
Some parents just can't handle their children's success.
For the following time period:
"Ariel Winter was also given a court appointed attorney to represent her going forward. Ariel's sister is the only person allowed to drop her off and pick her up from the Fox Television studios where Modern Family is filmed. Gray is also allowed to make all medical decisions, determine where her sister lives and is responsible for where Ariel attends school."
We have faith that Ariel Winter will eventually move on from this troubling chapter of her life, and have infinite success after all of this family dramz is over.
[Image via WENN.]
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