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Ariel Winter

Sister Hit the Skids

In the Money Dept.

11/20/2012 5:17 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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Ariel Winter
's sister -- who has a good shot at becoming the permanent guardian -- has had a storied history of financial problems ... TMZ has learned.

Shanelle Gray filed for full-blown bankruptcy back in 2000, with assets totaling a measly $385 and debts totaling $42,561.89.  At the time of the filing, Shanelle declared a grand total of $10 cash and $75 in her checking account.  As for her other worldly possessions, she listed a bed, dresses, an alarm clock and a radio, and that's it. 

Fast forward to last month, when Ariel's mom, Chrystal Workman, argued in court Shanelle was an unfit guardian because she allegedly has a motive to get her hands on Ariel's money.  When the court appointed Shanelle temporary guardian, however, she specifically did NOT ask for control of or access to Ariel's finances.

As for what Shanelle's doing these days ... she owns an actor's studio in L.A. It's unclear how well she's doing, but it's safe to say she's not raking in the $75k per week Ariel makes on "Modern Family."

Meanwhile, Ariel's mother Chrystal left court today feeling desperate in the wake of a blistering report by the L.A. County Department of Children and Family Services -- which found Chrystal had emotionally abused her daughter.

Chrystal -- whom the DCFS has recommended be permanently stripped of custody -- told us, "I just want to see my daughter. I love her very much." '

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Ariel's dad Glenn Workman -- who has volunteered to take custody of Ariel instead of her older sister -- was also in court today, but he wasn't too talkative on the way out.

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16.

Dave    

Back in 2000, Shanelle Gray was 21/22 years old. Who racks up that much debt by the time they are 21 or 22 years of age? Student loans are killer, but only an idiot would file bankruptcy to get away from those. I know times are tough, but young people can make some pretty bad financial decisions.

638 days ago
17.

Kabala    

Who are these people and why should we give a rat's a$$?

638 days ago
18.

Kali    

The fat hog mother just cannot let anyone else near her gravy train so she is bashing both daughters by having stories released to TMZ.
She needs to spend her time at an employment agency.
Ariel and her sister need to get out of California immediately. They need to go somewhere the fat cow will not stalk them because at this point that's what she's doing.
She's stalking not one, but two kids that want to have nothing to do with her.

638 days ago
19.

ME    

And now Shanelle has a million dollar house in Studio City, full time nanny, BMW, Suburban and pretty much anything else she needs so WTF are you trying to say TMZ???

638 days ago
20.

LiLo's boy toy    

Sis wants the mula

638 days ago
21.

bored    

WHO? WHY DO WE CARE TMZ?

638 days ago
22.

Rebecca    

I wonder if she was crying over her oldest when the state took her away?

638 days ago
23.

hme82    

Can we please stop hearing about this person?! Seriously, every other story is about her and her stupid family. Didn't even know who she was before and now the only reason I know her name is because of the issues in her family. Crazy! Is she related to someone at tmz and they think we should care too? Or maybe someone there really hates her and wants to only make her known for these issues? I don't get it.

638 days ago
24.

BB not bb    

They will take away someone's kids for next to nothing. The whole child abuse system is a joke. This sister is financially incompetent. She will let Ariel run wild, see her older boyfriend, eat all the junk food she wants and probably tap out her money. Yet she will get custody over the mother for being an annoying person who upset Ariel.


I wonder what the severe emotional trauma was. Was it telling a Hollywood star to watch their weight and eat healthy. If your mother tells you to eat your vegetables instead of letting you eat just candy for dinner, is that child abuse now?


Who is going to watch out for Ariel on the set now? Alot of Hollywood kids end up mentally derranged from what the industry does to them. Brooke Shields is said to be an exception, even though her mom was constantly on the sets and being critisized as an overbearing person because of it.


The sister probably needs Ariel's money very badly. That could be her incentive for encouraging this. The studio would just like mom out of their hair. If the parents were together, it would be harder for custody to be taken.


I think this might just be a case of a kid who is defiant and the courts supporting it. If the mother is such a distasteful person, why can't they just make her get some counseling?

638 days ago
25.

CloseUrLegsToMarriedMen    

It is REALLY annoying that tmz feels the need to dig up completely irrelevant stuff just to keep this girls name in the many articles everyday about her as if she is some huge celebrity

637 days ago
26.

BB not bb    

Kids have a way of being passive agressive nowadays to manipulate adults and get attention. They pretend to be abused to get sympathy and power over the situation they are in. They can't accept being a subordinate to an adult or an authority unless they are forced to. They don't willingly respect their elders.


Parents have their hands full putting up with kids any more. The whole society pretty much just excuses and even encourages misbahving and rude kids. If you put a kid in their place, they probably love you for it for not letting them act the fool.


Kids want boundaries and will test them. If the courts are going to help them do this, what is a parent left to do? You are at the mercy of spoiled and willful children.

637 days ago
27.

Truth    

OH PULEEEEZ.... THOUSANDS OF PEEPS EVERY YEAR FILE FOR BANKRUPTCY INCLUDING THE DOUCHE BAG SPENDTHRIFT CELEBS ON TMZ WHO HAVE MILLIONS MORE THAN SHANELLE. MILLIONS OF PEEPS DONT MAKE $75K/WEEK LIKE ARIEL EITHER BUT DOES THAT MEAN THEY ARE ALL GOLD DIGGERS TOO? TMZ, HAVE A SEAT... STOP REACHIN. BESIDES TONS OF GOOGLE PICS OF SHANELLE, HER HUSBAND, AND KID. THEY SURE DONT LOOK BANKRUPT ON RED CARPETS TO ME. #TRUTH!!

637 days ago
28.

bozzman    

i don't know jack about the sister. maybe she's just as horrible as the mom. but a bankruptcy 12 years ago doesn't make her a bad person

637 days ago
29.

u iz a cutiepie    

why does tmz continue posting about this family. wtf im boycotting tmz you suck !!

637 days ago
30.

cregis    

Wow, the mother might have to actually get a job.

637 days ago
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