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Ariel Winter

Grandfather's Statement:

I Never Saw Any Abuse

11/10/2012 1:00 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

1109-ariel-winter-crystal-workman-splashAriel Winter's grandfather claims he never witnessed any abuse of the "Modern Family" actress at the hands of her mother ... according to a declaration filed in the bitter guardianship case.

TMZ obtained a copy of the letter to the court in which James Batistas writes ... his daughter, Chrystal Workman is a "very good mother to all the children."

Batistas adds, "I have never seen any abuse from my daugther or son-in-law towards my granddaughters neither physical nor emotionally."

As TMZ first reported ... a judge ruled allegations Chrystal was abusing 14-year-old Ariel were serious enough that he removed Ariel from her mother's home. Ariel's older sister Shanelle Gray now has temporary guardianship.

In his letter, Batistas also points out that Shanelle came to live with him when she was 16 ... after she also accused her mother of abuse nearly 20 years ago.

However, multiple sources close to the family tell TMZ, Shanelle was actually in the foster care system for more than 2 years before Batistas took custody and moved her to his home in Virginia.

We're also told Batistas only sees his granddaughters about once every 2 years now -- since he still lives in VA -- but does maintain a close relationship with Chrystal by phone.

Batistas closed his letter by saying he wants to see his daughters and granddaughters back together.

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Truth    

HER BROTHER JIMMY WORKMAN WAS ONCE A CHILDHOOD ACTOR HIMSELF IN SOME FAMOUS MOVIES AND DENIES ABUSE ALLEGATIONS FROM BOTH SISTERS INCLUDING SHANELLE'S CLAIMS FROM 20YRS AGO. HE IS 2 YRS YOUNGER THAN SHANELLE. HMM, INTERESTING.. SO WHO THE F*CK IS TELLING THE TRUTH? #TRUTH!!

627 days ago
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C Carroll Adams PhD    

Any opinions by the grandfather are just that. There is no way any of his statement will become evidence in a California court.

Remember the basic rue of evidence: Absence of evidence is not evidence of absence!

627 days ago
18.

LISA    

Well of course he has never seen the abuse. How could he? He admits he only sees the grandkids every 2 months. Abusers generally don't abuse in front of an audience.

627 days ago
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Patti    

I assume he never saw any abuse against the older daughter who was taken into foster care for several years after a judge thought there was a problem. Any mother who puts all her tchildren into show biz at 6 years old is not doing the best for them..

627 days ago
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Joan K    

Are you kidding KMZ? Next it will be something about what her Grandmother's first counsin's half brother's friend saw or heard, time to let this one go.

627 days ago
21.

Lee    

What needs protection is more than likely her salary. Hope it's locked up in a trust fund, out of the reach of her many relatives and hangers-on..

627 days ago
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Susan62509    

Chrystal Workman PROVED she was emotionally abusive when she called the guardianship attorney a "moron". She displayed she has lack of self control and no respect to other people including the judge.

627 days ago
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Laura    

But her older sister was removed from the home and put in foster care, permanently. Didn't he wonder why that occurred? There's a pattern here.

627 days ago
24.

Stacy Stowe    

So the other one cried abuse too? She was in foster care & went to live with her grandfather? If there was no abuse, why would he take her in & not encourage the courts to put her back with her mother? Perhaps he has something to hide? Abuse tends to span generations. If it walks like a duck, looks like a duck & quacks like a duck....it's usually a duck....

627 days ago
25.

lisa    

Why are there so many stories about this?

627 days ago
26.

ME    

Time for some reality here again... The grandfather "Papu" as he is called in the family, sees the kids and Chris about once every couple of years. He was coerced by Chris to sign the letter that, SHE and her "team" drafted. This will all come out on the 20th. I will not divulge the whole strategy for Shanelle and Ariel, but I really hope Chris keeps talking!! Every thing she does and says proves further that she is a liar and an evil woman. For those of you that think that Shanelle has anterior motives... That is BS! She only wants to save her sister from the abuse that she went through and protect Ariel's future career/earnings... I really don't know why this story is getting so much attention but I don't like to see people I am VERY close to trashed in the press. SO, every once in a while I will post some reality on this site. Whether you believe me, I don't care...

627 days ago
27.

Larry The Don    

Some girls are just "fast". The mom is going to have to accept the reality that her daughter is one of them.

627 days ago
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harleyharlett    

sooo far she as got affidavits from her stylists, a dr. who only sees ariel a couple of times a year and her dad that never sees them - i wonder why her husband isn't stepping up??? or explain why mom has access to the trust fund / coogan account - which she shouldn't

627 days ago
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Kali    

Abuse is generational. Twenty bucks says the grandfather abused Ariel's mother. They are so abusive they think it's normal behavior and that everyone else is wrong.

627 days ago
30.

txman    

right on mike ... ok flash back to the 70's i mean what the hell wrote gramps have to say about this, why not ask the gardner or postman
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