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Ariel Winter's Sister

Grilled Over Drug Use

by Mom's Attorneys

12/10/2012 5:00 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Ariel Winter
's sister -- and current guardian -- sat down for a deposition with her mother's attorneys, and was hammered with questions about drug use ... TMZ has learned ... but the questions for the most part netted the history of your average Joan.

Shanelle Gray was grilled last week by Chrystal Workman's attorneys in the ongoing guardianship case for the "Modern Family" star -- and sources connected to Shanelle tell us she was asked if she ever took drugs ... specifically, cocaine.

We're told Shanelle said she tried cocaine only once -- either in 2005 or 2006 -- at a Hollywood party. She thought someone laced it with something bad ... because she got sick.

We're told Shanelle told the attorneys she went to the hospital as a precautionary measure, and was released that same night.

We're also told Shanelle copped to spending a "few days in jail" in Virgina, when she was 19  ... in connection with a reckless driving incident.

And our sources say Shanelle was asked if she ever got a DUI. We're told she said she was pulled over in LA in 2005 or 2006 and was given a ticket on a night when she had "one glass of wine." She says the judge eventually threw out the ticket because her blood alcohol level was so low.

Sources close to Chrystal tell us her attorneys plan to use Shanelle's depo info during the guardianship hearing ... in an attempt to show she is not a suitable role model or guardian for Ariel.


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Big mama is getting very, very desperate as she sees her little cash cow getting away from her.

682 days ago


That woman is a train wreck. Not happy with abusing one daughter, she wants to abuse her again, in the process of abusing the second daughter. This woman should be in jail.

682 days ago

Made it Past 27    

That mom is evil.

682 days ago


Ummm what adult has never tried a drug? Experimenting is a part of growing up. no.2 she did not get a was a ticket...don't know what for but cops don't give tickets for DUI, they send ur ass to jail. no.3 she probably spent a few days in jail cos she couldn't afford bail. None of this makes her unfit to care for her sister. In the end I hope this disgrace of a mother loses custody of all her children and has to pay for all these court costs and attorneys fees. She is a joke.

681 days ago


I almost got arrested when I was 16 for heavy drinking. I also had to pay a fine for using the bus without a ticket at 19. This mean I am completely unfit to take care of anyone. Someone arrest me already. I'm 28 now.

680 days ago

Connecticut Sam    

Who came up with that stupid name: Ariel?

677 days ago
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