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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
EXCLUSIVE

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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.

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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."

83 COMMENTS

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46.

Ozzie X    

2003 she was a child.

630 days ago
47.

YouDontSay    

The outfit is basically nude. And to wear to to a work party. The mother and daughter are both whacked. Where is Dad?

630 days ago
48.

RR    

Really does not matter what the pictures are.. she wanted them LEAKED.. End of story. What a loser!

630 days ago
49.

thelil    

In the picture ONLY her vagina and nipples are uncovered. How dare anyone characterize it as a nude photo.

630 days ago
50.

Diamond Goddess!    

Shanelle (ghetto spelling! lol) is more attractive than Ariel.
Interesting she couldn't "make it" in H'wood, esp. with the stage mom pushing her.

630 days ago
51.

LightJ    

That nasty b*tch of a mother, is disgusting as hell. No wonder she lost her 2 kids. My god and a lot of you dumb f*cks were blaming the14 year old acting like it was just her sh*tty attitude that made the mother lose custody. Uh no, not when she has lost a child before and sending f*cking nude/revealing pictures of her child to the publicist?? That s*ck. Why? Why do it? Her excuse is pathetic and so is she, f*ck her.

630 days ago
52.

NOT ELMO    

shanelle looks good...

630 days ago
53.

Who the Hell is Khloe    

And the Mother f the year goes to....( it's a hard choice between her, octomom, kris, and Dina)

630 days ago
54.

Kelly    

Wow, now the mom is basically saying she was trying to prove the older daughter unfit. Does she realize by doing so, she proves the point that she does not have her daughters best interests at heart, she can not see past her anger to do what is best for any of her children and if she causes her daughter to lose custody, she will still not get Ariel back. She would probably end up in foster care. Way to go mom. Evil woman.

630 days ago
55.

strike_a_poseur    

She's not just a baby generator, she makes Hollywood babies. Each is more talented -- and makes more money -- than the last. She probably believes she's the reason they're all so gifted. She may as well try to pop out another. That one will win an Oscar (Ariel has two SAG awards).

630 days ago
56.

mister_696    

I hate that TMZ got the photos first, because now I'll never get to see them without the friggin black boxes.

lol

630 days ago
57.

Big Bear    

I'm only 14...

Really, with a show called "Modern Family", the Ministry of Propaganda can only hope to promote more filth.

It might be 2012 in "Modern Family" Medialand, but in the Bear's Den, where there is no TV, it is 1955.

629 days ago
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