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Ariel Winter's Mom

Threatens to Sue Publicist

Over Nude Photos Claim

12/7/2012 1:18 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Ariel Winter's mother, Chrystal Workman, has fired off a cease and desist letter to the publicist who claimed Chrystal demanded he leak nude photos of her eldest daughter -- however she does admit sending him scantily clad pics.

TMZ obtained a copy of the letter sent to Jonathan Hay ... in which Chrystal's attorney warns him to stop "making false and defamatory statements" because, "Ms. Workman never represented to Mr. Hay that nude pictures existed of her daughter Shanelle."

But in the same letter Workman admits sending Hay 2 photos of Shanelle Gray, which she says she found on the Internet -- and while they're not fully nude ... they are very revealing.

But it turns out the photos were NOT private or secret in any way ... they were taken at a cast party for "One Life to Live" by a professional photographer. FYI -- Shanelle was in the cast when the pics were taken.

In the cease and desist letter Workman's attorney says, "The attached email contains pictures which raise the question, to Ms. Workman, whether Shanelle is fit to be the guardian of a teenager."

As we previously reported, Hay had claimed Ariel's mother sent him nude photos which she wanted leaked to the public -- presumably to smear Shanelle ... who's taken guardianship of Ariel in the wake of allegations Chrystal was abusing the "Modern Family" star.

Hay has responded to Chrystal's letter with a letter of his own in which he claims Chrystal herself "described these photos to me as 'nude photos' before I even saw them." He also points out the photos "expose intimate parts of [Shanelle's] body."

Hay closes his letter with a major jab at Chrystal, saying ... "I feel terrible that a 14-year-old child has to suffer the consequences of her own mother's unfortunate decisions."


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Okay TMZ...didn't you just help Mom's cause out by publishing the picture that she wanted the publisher to publish???

600 days ago


This lady just keeps digging a deeper hole for herself. What kind of parent does something like this? The best thing that could have happened to Ariel is her being removed from this women's care.

600 days ago

Wicked Witch    

Right now Dina Lohan is happy that the Stupid Mother baton has been handed off...till the next lap that is.

600 days ago


posing means thrown out. good thing our legal system is garbage and full of pointless idiocy to begin with

600 days ago

really! really?    

So TMZ took it upon themselves to publish the photos anyway? Pathetic and unjustified.

600 days ago


So of course TMZ decided to show the picture.

600 days ago


C'mon. Those are basically nude pix. Toss that lawsuit. Mom is guilty.

600 days ago


wow - she's hot! other than that - so what? the pic doesn't make her a bad person in any way

600 days ago


I don't know much about this case, however what I do know is everytime I turn around I see bad parenting slams regarding this young teen girls mom. Regardless if any of it is true or not, the mom needs to step back & look at whats best for her children' versus doing whatever & saying whatever she wants. I am guessing all this negative press is quite embarassing on these young girls.

600 days ago

Wow ...    

This "mother" needs serious help. She also needs to lose rights to Ariel, all parental rights. Crystal is so emotionally abusive it is palpable. Bruises heal over time, but the heart can be scarred forever, especially when perpetrated by someone who is suppose to protect a child.

600 days ago


That is nude. Wearing see through chain mail...I don't consider that clothing.

600 days ago

Bossy Potato    

That mother is awful. Thank god Ariel was taken away.

600 days ago


The more Crystal tries to expose her daughter, the more "golden" Shanelle becomes. A few weeks back she tried to make it seem like Shanelle was only in it for Ariel's money, and that blew up in her face. We don't know the entire story behind this so called "nude" photo, but I'm sure it's going to be relatively innocent, aside the fact that it's a decade old!. Crystal needs to stop kicking this dead horse, and face the fact that she has blown any and all chances of ever seeing Ariel's wallet again!

600 days ago


Chrystal Workman you've been exposed. Seems like you're painted in a negative light time and time again. Just slither away and disabuse yourself of the idea that Ariel is still your meal ticket.

600 days ago


And, of course, you publish the photo. Jerks.

600 days ago
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