"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.
Sofia Vergara vs. Alexa Vega
WHO'D YOU RATHER?
10/3/2013 11:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
It's a Colombian face-off!
Here's 41-year-old Colombian born and "Modern Family" star Sofia Vergara posing in a little black dress (left) -- and 25-year-old second generation Colombian and "Spy Kids" actress Alexa Vega in an equally little and equally black dress (right).
La pregunta es...
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.
'Modern Family' Star
Treads Lightly During
'Breaking Bad' Pilgrimage
9/28/2013 12:54 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
"Modern Family" star Jesse Tyler Ferguson went on a trip to "Breaking Bad" mecca this week ... and lucky for him Walter White wasn't home during his tour.
JTF was in New Mexico for a Tie the Knot event ... and got all fanboy in his spare time tweeting pics in front of all the famous TV show spots.
Oddly enough -- Jesse sorta looks like a younger version of present day Walt. Who looks like he's about to wreak major havoc on Albuquerque tomorrow.
Ugh ... why isn't it Sunday night at 9 o'clock yet?!?!?
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..."
I FELL TOO!
Actress Eats It In Bev Hills
9/6/2013 11:43 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
First Carrie Underwood ... now this -- Sofia Vergara ALSO fell down hard yesterday ... landing squarely on her ass during a lunch run in Beverly Hills.
Sofia was entering the back of a restaurant when she slipped, tripped and crumbled ... right in front of someone with a camera.
Don't worry ... Sofia appeared to be OK and went shopping after the fall.
Now, here's a picture of Sofia in happier times ...
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.
Crack'd Out in Greece
7/19/2013 7:25 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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'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.