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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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Did TMZ get paid to post the pics ?

682 days ago


So THIS is what's gone on at soap opera cast parties?! Showing nips and coochies? Who would have thunk? Hey TMZ - looks like you've been missing a hidden den of juicy stories and pics!

682 days ago


First off, for those of you screaming at TMZ for publishing the pics....according to Workman she found them online.
Next, whether they are nude or semi nude how does pictures like this, from 9 years ago, when Shanelle is now married and making good coin with her and her husband PROOF she's unfit?
Lastly, after seeing this "NEXT" debacle, anyone here actually believe Crystal's accusation that Ariel was sleeping with an 18 yr old? Before you answer that, if she's willing to trash her own daughter, who she lost custody of when she was 16 and hasn't had contact with since, around 18 yrs ago, don't you think this "MOTHER" would have named and sent a picture to all the media outlets of the 18 yr old she accuses of underage sex with her daughter?
No police report, no media report yet she hasn't put forth proof right away about her accusations. From here on, whatever Workman spews, I'll take with a grain of salt and call her a bloody liar.

682 days ago


well said by the publicist, Chrystal is a whoring whale that should be harpooned by Somalian pirates and dumped at the bottom of the ocean. Shes got no right to call either of them her daughter

682 days ago


Bitch is going to make money any way she can - remember she just lost Ariel's money. She is a money ho.

682 days ago


yes ... the mom looks like MJ from the Shahs of Sunset

682 days ago


I would like to know, how SEETHING was Crystal when she saw this HOT SHOTS of her first born daughter? Must kill her , like all those Toddler and Tiara MOMMY"S that couldn't make it in the world and now try to live vicariously through those little girls. Crystal was never hot, never made it huge in Hollyweird but her first child makes the soap operas (and she can't get a cent cause she's of age) and her second kid becomes a child star thanks to the New Addams Family, then the last kid makes it bigger than both of the first two. Wow, that must be devastating to a woman that doesn't have a paycheck coming in anymore from ANY of her kids.
Last I heard, Crystal and her husband were separated. How about TMZ go dig up dirt on why? You want to shred Shanelle according to her estranged mother, go shred Crystal for her failed marriage.

682 days ago


I like to slap the ugly outta this pig of a woman.......the fat bitch looks like an abuser....i have to believe the child...when we stop doing that then we get all the Dina Lohans, that Kardashian pimp mom........and now this fat c*nt of a mother pimping their kids out so they dont have to work...good Ariel wants to get away from this walking hippo bitch!

682 days ago


She's looking for another paycheck since the state took her last one away. She's not a mother she's a cash sucking leech .glad both of her daughters are together they are better of without her!

682 days ago


With who's cash ? She has no more since she doesn't have access to her kid's bank accounts. Hate her!!!! She's a s***bag!!!

682 days ago


Momma just wants $$$$$$$$$$$

682 days ago


Mom is a nutcase!! Wtf? Anything for a $$$

682 days ago


The hag needs some money, her meal ticket is gone.

682 days ago


This whole family is trash and I am tired of hearing about them.

682 days ago


This lady is trash but the kardashians are not??

682 days ago
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