"Modern Family" star Ariel Winter now says her father is taking HER side -- opposing her mother, Chrystal Workman, in the battle over Ariel.
Ariel says in court docs -- obtained by TMZ -- daddy Glenn is happy that her big sis Shanelle is Ariel's guardian. Up to this point Glenn sided with his estranged wife.
Ariel doesn't say why her dad has flip-flopped, but it's interesting ... he's not asking to become the responsible parent. He's happy that Shanelle has assumed that role.
There was a hearing today ... nothing set in stone, but the judge said when everyone goes to court to fight it out over who gets custody of Ariel ... his inclination is that Ariel should NOT be forced to testify, because she's a 15-year-old girl and forcing her on the stand could be psychologically detrimental.
Ariel Winter's Mom
DUMPED By Lawyer
She's Too Difficult
10/2/2013 10:07 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Ariel Winter's mom now has a fool for a client -- herself -- because her lawyer just quit.
In legal docs, obtained by TMZ, attorney Roy Penuela says there's been a fundamental disagreement between him and Chrystal Workman ... so he wants out.
Chrystal is fighting to regain custody of the "Modern Family" star, who is now under the care of her older sister after claims of physical and emotional abuse.
Penuela says Chrystal has made it "unreasonably difficult" for him to do his job. He's also apparently pissed over attorney's fees.
Score one for Ariel.
Ariel Winter's Mom
I Want to Grill Ariel's Shrink
About Oral Sex Chat
9/24/2013 6:35 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Chrystal Workman says authorities falsely accused her of talking oral sex to her daughter, "Modern Family" star Ariel Winter -- and she wants to get to the bottom of the claims by putting Ariel's psychiatrist and her attorney on the hot seat.
In her latest legal filing, Chrystal says she wants her attorneys to depose the doc and lawyer in order to defend herself against allegations of sexual abuse she believes Ariel made against her.
According to the docs, 2 investigators from the Department of Children and Family Services interviewed Chrystal on June 19, 2013 -- and asked her if she ever had a conversation with Ariel regarding oral sex with her boyfriend.
In the papers, Chrystal also alleges the DCFS investigators asked if she'd ever given Ariel a very graphic demonstration regarding how to use Monistat 7.
We are paraphrasing, and heavily, because Chrystal's own words in the papers are just that graphic.
Chrystal claims DCFS cleared her of all the allegations of emotional, physical, and sexual abuse.
The upshot ... she now thinks she deserves the right to grill Ariel's attorney and psychiatrist as part of her defense.
The big thing standing in Chrystal's way, of course, is a little something called attorney-client privilege and physician-client privilege.
Mother Says Ariel
Claimed Sexual Abuse
9/12/2013 3:47 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Chrystal Workman continues making shocking claims in her bid to undo the court ruling that stripped her of custody of her daughter, Ariel Winter ... now she's raising strange allegations of sexual molestation.
Workman filed legal docs, obtained by TMZ, in which she claims her 15-year-old daughter has accused her of "sexual abuse or sexual molestation." Workman says, "I adamantly deny these accusations."
Here's the problem ... The "Modern Family" star has never hinted at sexual molestation in her guardianship case. She has only alleged physical and emotional abuse, so it's confounding as to why Workman is denying something that was never raised in court.
It's possible Workman is inartfully referring to an allegation by Ariel's boyfriend, Cameron Palatas, who said in his deposition, "Chrystal had wanted me to sleep in Ariel's bed." Palatas was an adult at the time.
But there's more ... Workman also claims her other daughter gave her cancer. Workman says of Shanelle Gray, who now has legal guardianship of Ariel, "I believe the reason I got cancer was from the stress of the situation Shanelle put me through of missing my child when she was not there..."
Ariel Winter's Brother
If Mom Can't Have Custody
Give It To Me!
8/15/2013 2:55 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Ariel Winter's older brother has just filed legal docs asking to strip custody of the 15-year-old "Modern Family" actress from her sister ... and award it to him instead ... claiming the sis is an abysmal guardian.
Jimmy Workman -- who played Pugsley Addams in the 90s "Addams Family" movies -- filed the docs in L.A., calling Ariel's older sister Shanelle Gray a bad role model who sexualizes Ariel ... and exploits Ariel's fame and money to promote her acting school.
Jimmy says Shanelle has a history with drugs, has appeared in public "almost nude revealing her private parts," and is having Ariel spend exorbitant amounts of money on a party lifestyle.
What's worse ... Jimmy says Shanelle is poisoning Ariel against her family, especially her mother Chrystal Workman.
Since the court has refused to return custody to Chrystal -- after Ariel accused her of being emotionally abusive -- Jimmy is now asking for custody to be transferred to him.
Shanelle's lawyer Mike Kretzmer tells TMZ, "The allegations are nothing new. We will handle them in court. Shanelle has taken excellent care of Ariel to date. It's interesting how Jimmy and Chrystal talk about repairing their fractured family, and then make allegations like this."
For the record, Ariel has basically said she wants nothing to do with her mom and loves being with Shanelle. A court date has been set for October.
Ariel Winter's Mom
Loses Bid to Reunite
7/31/2013 11:40 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Ariel Winter's mother Chrystal Workman won't get the chance to reunite with her daughter ... at least for the foreseeable future, TMZ has learned.
Chrystal filed docs recently asking to get her daughter back -- after the court stripped her of custody last year -- but the judge in the case refused ... extending the temporary guardianship of Ariel's older sister Shanelle instead.
You'll recall, Shanelle has been Ariel's guardian since last year, when Chrystal lost custody over allegations that she was emotionally abusive to the 15-year-old "Modern Family" actress.
According to the new court order, Chrystal "presented no evidence that there were any changes or repair of damage to their relationship" -- which has completely fallen apart -- so the judge shot her down.
As we reported, Ariel wants nothing to do with Chrystal whatsoever, and says she loves being with her sister.
Per the order, Ariel will stay under Shanelle's guardianship ... at least pending the outcome of Chrystal's custody trial in September.
'Modern Family' Star
My Mother Is DEAD to Me
5/17/2013 3:15 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
"Modern Family" star Ariel Winter is throwing DISS after DISS at her birth mom ... making it clear, she wants NOTHING to do with her biological life-giver ever again.
As you know, 15-year-old Ariel has been at war with Chrystal Workman for the past year -- and even got a judge to strip her mother of custody in 2012 after claiming she was subjected to emotional abuse.
Now, Ariel is pouring salt in the wound -- by making public statements in which she makes it clear, her mother is dead to her ... and her older sister Shanelle has filled the emotional void.
When asked about her family yesterday, Winter told People.com, "My sister is the most amazing woman I've ever met in my life. If I could be half the woman she is ... she's kind of who I want to be like."
Did you catch the thinly veiled dig at her mom? If not, check out what she Instagrammed on Mother's Day:
"Happy Mother's Day to my amazing mister, Shanelle Gray. I know everyone is going to ask what a mister is, so I'll explain. It means mom/sister to me."
She continued, "She's my best friend ... She's also the most incredible mother. I am so blessed and lucky to have her."
Translation -- Ariel's over Chrystal ... and from what we're told, she has good reason. How's THAT for a modern family?
I Didn't Pay a Penny
For My Sick New Home
4/24/2013 11:59 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
15-year-old "Modern Family" star Ariel Winter is moving on up ... into a big new house with her big sister ... and TMZ has learned, Ariel didn't pay a cent for it.
Sources familiar with the situation tell TMZ, the San Fernando Valley house was paid for entirely by Ariel's sister Shanelle Gray and Shanelle's hubby David Barry Gray, a wealthy heir to the Pepsi fortune. The couple has plenty of dough -- they're both working actors and have a successful business on the side.
TMZ broke the story ... Ariel refuses to even speak to her mother Chrystal Workman, who was stripped of her parental rights last year when a judge found she had been emotionally abusive.
I WON'T Talk
To My Mom
3/29/2013 12:09 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Ariel Winter's lawyer told a judge today, the "Modern Family" star wants NOTHING to do with her mother ... and won't even sit in the same room with her.
Ariel's guardianship case was back in court, and mama Chrystal Workman complained ... her daughter refuses to do therapy with her mom. Chrystal wanted the judge to force Ariel into therapy with her mom, but the judge nixed the request.
The judge said he couldn't force a teenager to have a relationship with her mom if she doesn't want it.
As we previously reported .... 15-year-old Ariel is now under the guardianship of her sister Shanelle Gray, after Ariel complained she was being physically and emotionally abused by her mom. The court found emotional abuse and stripped Chrystal of her parental rights.
Ariel hasn't spoken with her mom in 5 months -- when the guardianship was created.
'Modern Fam' Star Julie Bowen
Time to Pick Sides in
Ariel Winter Custody War
1/7/2013 7:45 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
3:00 PM PT -- Sources directly connected with the cast and crew at "Modern Family" tell TMZ ... they're upset by the intimation that Julie is not supporting Ariel's current arrangement -- living with her sister. We're told "the entire show" is behind the temporary guardianship and believes Ariel is better off.
The TMZ newsroom is DIVIDED!!!! And it's all over this clip of "Modern Family" star Julie Bowen commenting about the guardianship surrounding her co-star Ariel Winter.
Here's the deal -- Bowen was leaving a Golden Globes party in Hollywood last night when we asked if she was happy Ariel was removed from the custody of her mom and placed with her older sister.
Bowen's response was interesting ... "Ummmmmmm ... if she's happier, then I'm happier."
It wasn't a hard "yes" ... but it wasn't a "no" either.
But other people in the newsroom (everyone else) ... thinks the way Julie made the comment shows she DOESN'T think Ariel's better off ... and gave a politically correct, vanilla response to avoid revealing how she truly feels.
Listen to how Julie says it. Then, we gotta ask ...
I'm Going to School
For the First Time
1/4/2013 7:00 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Ariel Winter's about to do something she's never done before -- attend high school like a normal kid, and get this ... she can't wait to go ... TMZ has learned.
The "Modern Family" star is now enrolled in a private school in the L.A. area and will start attending classes later this month ... sources familiar with the situation tell TMZ.
It's a big change for Ariel because we're told she's always been privately tutored.
According to our sources, producers at "Modern Family" are "thrilled" and will happily schedule shoots around the girl's classes.
We're told Ariel has been "flourishing" in her sister Shanelle Gray's home, where the rules are strict. Sources say Ariel's happier than ever, and producers have noticed a big, positive change in her mood.
As we previously reported ... Shanelle became Ariel's temporary guardian after allegations surfaced that her mother, Chrystal Workman, was emotionally abusing her.
Ariel's attorney and father now have control over her considerable finances -- $75,000/episode -- as per a settlement hammered out last month.
We've got 2 words for Ariel: cafeteria lunches.
Feeling Like a Kid Again
12/28/2012 5:45 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
With her guardianship situation settled for the moment, Ariel Winter spent yesterday acting like an actual 14-year-old girl by going go-karting in Burbank.
Winter's sister, Shanelle Gray, cemented her role as temporary legal guardian earlier this month, with her lawyer and dad now in control of her finances.
A hearing to make the guardianship permanent is set for March. Let's hope she gets in as much kid time as possible until then.
Dad Now Controls
Her Estate ... With Conditions
12/12/2012 10:45 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Ariel Winter's dad now has control over her estate -- namely her finances -- which was part of the settlement struck today outside the courtroom ... BUT the dad can't make a move without dealing with a group of professional advisers who work directly for Ariel.
Glenn Workman just got the green light from the judge to manage Ariel's money. Interesting ... considering Glenn filed a declaration in the case calling Ariel "my retirement surprise child." But here's the deal ... Glenn can't make business decisions without first discussing them with Ariel's lawyer, Blair Berk and others. If he disagrees with the advisers, a judge is the tiebreaker.
Under the terms of the settlement, Ariel's sister, Shanelle, will remain the guardian of Ariel, meaning Ariel's mom, Chrystal, has been cut out of everything.
The move is temporary, but could become permanent in March.
The settlement was struck before a court fight over the guardianship ... a fight that promised to be ugly.
After today's settlement, Ariel's brother Jimmy Workman told reporters his family would be seeking therapy and counseling to get back together. Jimmy said his father is "happy and thrilled" with the settlement and so is his mom.
We also asked if Ariel's relationship with her older boyfriend would continue from here -- and Jimmy replied, "I hope it doesn't. This young man is over the age of 18. He should know better. It's completely disgusting that he does this."