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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."

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Amy    

First

633 days ago
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Amy    

Sick bitch

633 days ago
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Majestik    

WTF is wrong with her attorney. No, she never had nude photos but they do admit she sent scantilly clad pics from 9 years ago to discredit the daughter. Um yeah, this is going to go over REAL WELL with a judge. Just the fact she was trying to smear her daughter is enough for the courts to realize, that's one sick MOTHER, and I use the term, VERY LOOSELY.

633 days ago
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wendy    

this woman is no damn good, this time she went too far and she screwed herself because now the public knows.

633 days ago
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Majestik    

I just saw the black boxes, LMFAO, um, those can pretty much be called NUDE photos if it's that damn see through that everything shows. I guess every woman who has posed nude for playboy that is now a mother is unfit huh?

633 days ago
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Phishie from Philly    

Bada Bing, look at that thing!
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Phishie from Philly

633 days ago
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Is down with OPP    

oh oh..Sixth.. pfft

633 days ago
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Carl    

If that is see-through (as the black bars suggest) then I'd say it falls under the realm of nude. I guess Chrystal got tired of Dina Lohan being considered the worst mother in Hollywood.

633 days ago
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PatinNJ    

Who is Ariel Winter? Seriously.

633 days ago
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Lynne    

This is not a mother it is a baby generator. A real mother would not do this.

633 days ago
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KnuckleDragger    

I got one question. How do you get Chrystal from Chrisoula?

633 days ago
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Is down with OPP    

Fifh.. rather.. Anyway.. the teenagers of this society shouldnt so easily be granted freedom from 'overbearing moms'.. however, this mom is proving herself worthless as a mentor and gaurdian.. sad all round

633 days ago
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jdub    

This woman has some issues! Those are her kids, what the hell is wrong with her?! Greed has warped this woman into one sick f*ck!

633 days ago
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Wicked Witch    

Is there a sue bug going around?

633 days ago
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FresnoBullpup    

Even if nude photos exist (which this one pretty much proves it), why should 9 year old pictures affect someone being able to raise a teenager? In the pic she's in a semi-public place, she's not shooting up drugs or beating up a pap, so what difference does it make. (and for the record, I can't stand that mags like Playboy exist, I'm actually considered quite prude)

633 days ago
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