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Ariel Winter

Breaks Down in Court

During Mom's Sappy Home Video

5/5/2014 9:04 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0505_arial_winters_chrystal_workman_tmz_3"Modern Family" star Ariel Winter broke down in tears in court just moments ago ... after her mom played a schmaltzy home video of Ariel's childhood memories.

Chrystal Workman played the video for the courtroom as a weird last ditch effort to get her daughter to change her mind about living with her older sister Shanelle ... instead of with her mom.

Chrystal told the court she would relinquish her bid to reclaim her parental rights over Ariel -- after a judge stripped her of custody in 2012 -- if Ariel agreed to watch the video ... which she did.

The home video contained piano instrumentals and pictures from Ariel's childhood -- as a baby, from school, of the whole family together, and more.

Ariel, Shanelle, Chrystal, and several other members of the Workman family were in tears as the video played -- but Ariel didn't change her mind ... and the judge signed off on Shanelle's permanent guardianship.

As we reported, Ariel had accused her mom back in 2012 of emotionally and physically abusing her. Ariel's been living with her older sister Shanelle ever since.

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Truth    

NICCCE ACTING JOB IN COURT. BOTH ARIEL AND HER SISTA ARE ACTORS SO WE KNOW THOSE 2 SHED FAKE TEARS. #TRUTH!!

121 days ago
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BLUE UGLY 💩    

Don't fall for it! Your mom is a backstabber only interested in your money. Giving birth doesn't make someone a good mother

121 days ago
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boo boo    

Another way to emotionally abuse your kid in open court. Now that she got her last chance at kicking her kids in the teeth, hopefully she will go away. This woman needs mental help....now, thanks to her behavior, so do her daughters. Say "bye" to your gravy train.

121 days ago
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Charlie Sheen's Watch    

Both the daughters are dumb cun*s. Like they say - "Be your mother the devil, she is still your mother."

These bitches will soon realize that they are fighting the wrong person. In this world - it is you and your family against everyone else.

Too bad these bitches live in a bubble and wont understand the importance of family until it is too late.

121 days ago
5.

lts    

I can think of nothing more distressing that being estranged from those you love or loved. I wish for peace to come to this family - the sooner the better.

121 days ago
6.

Greg    

Parents sometimes fail to realize that taking your kids to piano/soccer lessons and buying them toys doesn't make them great parents. It's how you talk to and treat your kids is what matters.

121 days ago
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tgrfan42069    

of course she didnt change her mind..she can have guys over and is allowed to dress slutty while living with her sister..16 year olds hate rules

121 days ago
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Carl    

Normally the phrase "I can't wait for that teenage girl to turn 18" would sound extremely pervy. But in this case I actually have that sentiment for her own sake. She'll always have that crazy mom, but at least when she becomes an adult she can be the one in control of her life.

121 days ago
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the truth    

man Ariel Winter's really blimping up...must be stress

121 days ago
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Nickel64    

I can't help believing the story about emotional and physical abuse is bogus, and an attempt on the part of the actress to be "free" to do what she wants. Sometimes, parents have to do unpopular things, and there were a few times in my past when I deserved a sound slap across the face for being such a brat. I think that's the case here. *shrug*

121 days ago
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Unbroken Chain    

How old is she. My daughter moved out at 18 for college and I'm sure will never be back in My home again. It's sad, but it's part if life. You have to let your kids go. It's unfair not to

121 days ago
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chicago_animal     

She's just upset over losing her meal ticket

121 days ago
13.

01void    

The mother is a shameful twit playing a video, maybe she should join snl.

121 days ago
14.

nana    

I applaud her mum for at least fighting for her daughter. Hopefully they can both have some peace

121 days ago
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imdaman    

Shes mothing but a spoiled lil brat with big boobs now

121 days ago
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