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Ariel Winter Case

Publicist Claims Mom Tried

to Leak Nude Pics of Sister

12/5/2012 4:40 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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Ariel Winter
's mother recently attempted to leak nude photos of Ariel's sister Shanelle Gray through a Hollywood publicist -- this according to the publicist himself, who could end up playing a critical role in the battle for custody of Ariel.

Jonathan Hay tells TMZ ... Chrystal Workman -- the "Modern Family" star's mother -- contacted him this week, and said she had nude photos of Shanelle she wanted to secretly release to the public.

TMZ broke the story ... a judge awarded Shanelle guardianship of 14-year-old Ariel in October after allegations Chrystal was emotionally and physically abusing Ariel.

Hay claims Chrystal hounded him all week about leaking the pics -- which he says are 8 or 9 years old -- but he refused because he felt like Chrystal was trying to "sell out her daughter" ... and he wanted to help Ariel.

Hay says he's already been contacted by a member of Ariel's legal team -- but adds at this point it's unclear how much of a role, if any, he will play in the case.

Hay says he would have no problem filing a declaration in support of Ariel -- but says he has not been asked to do so yet.

Ariel's case will be back in court on December 10.

141 COMMENTS

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31.

Laura    

This should ensure that the mother will never again have custody. Mom may even have to get a job now that she's losing her meal ticket.

583 days ago
32.

Mali    

What kind of mother does that to her child? I would say its a Kardashian case but Kris aint this bad!

583 days ago
33.

tleeg    

What a nutcase!!

583 days ago
34.

casey    

The mother looks just like MJ from the shahs of sunset.....

583 days ago
35.

bernergirl    

If that's not emotional abuse of one of her children, I don't what is. And if she does it to one, she does it to the other.... The judge needs to shut this woman down!

583 days ago
36.

Sir Boo    

Who the heck is this person and why does anyone care?

583 days ago
37.

dennis    

This is a horrible thing, but sis is kinda hot. I wouldn't mind getting a look a them.

583 days ago
38.

bernergirl    

And it's kind of disturbing a mother would have naked photos of her daughter unless they are babies... If the publicist has proof that's pretty powerful!

583 days ago
39.

KellyinCA    

It may be cold and calculated, but it's also a very smart move. It makes the publicist look good by appearing ethical, and that can get clients worth holding on to.

583 days ago
40.

FLO    

TMZ Exclusive my butt, Radaronline had this story up hours ago!

583 days ago
41.

RuthieB    

How very sad. The person you are supposed to always be able to trust plots to embarrass he. What a vile woman.

583 days ago
42.

bearforce1    

Wow, this mum and Halle Berry should write a parenting book together, "how NOT to raise children in a loving environment."

Halle Berry and this lady both stoop to unethical bullying tactics and use of the courts to fight to have their own disgusting self interests put before their own childen.

Halle Berry & Chrystal Workman you are both disgusting and do not deserve to be called a Mum.

583 days ago
43.

LISA    

If this is coming from Jonathan Hay, I believe it. That is deplorable and sickening.


To me, this looks like a desperate move by mommy dearest to discredit Shanelle, and prevent her from being awarded permanent custody of Ariel.

583 days ago
44.

fashion mania    

crazy mom. what a post?

583 days ago
45.

Masoman    

Ok first- props to the Ethical publicist !! Secondly-the mother is a Pathilogical - Narsacistic - Bitter- B*tch . She is the worst kind of human being ! Glad Ariel got away from here !!!

583 days ago
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