We are so sorry to have been fooled by the story that Ariel Winter was looking to be emancipated to be with her boyfriend!
The truth is so much sadder! The Modern Family star's big sis Shanelle Gray is trying to gain custody to protect her!
She alleges their mom Crystal Workman is abusing the teen star.
So what kind of abuse are we talking about? The court documents list emotional abuse including "vile name calling, personal insults about [her and her weight], attempts to 'sexualize' minor, deprivation of food, etc. for an extended period of time" as well as some physical assaults.
Those are some pretty serious charges! What does mom Crystal have to say in her defense? She says:
"I want to say the horrible, untrue accusations are false and ridiculous. I have my doctor's letter that my daughter's never been abused…I have stylists' letters that she's never been abused."
We're not sure that stylists are experts in abuse, but we guess we'll find out soon enough. The hearing is scheduled for November 20th.
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