Yesterday, Radar had an interesting story that came from their sister publication, The Enquirer. You can read the story here – basically, sources claimed that the actors, writers and producers of Modern Family had banded together to take care of 14-year-old Ariel Winter (who plays Alex Dunphy on the show) because Ariel was seeking legal emancipation from her parents. The reason given was that Ariel has an older boyfriend (he’s 17!) and her parents didn’t like that. The story definitely raised a red flag for me – child stardom, hit TV show, an older boyfriend, etc – but I didn’t expect the story to take such a horrible turn within just a few hours. TMZ reported yesterday that Ariel has “been removed” from her home after “serious allegations of physical and emotional abuse by her mother.” YIKES.
Ariel Winter, the 14-year-old actress who plays Alex Dunphy on “Modern Family,” has been removed from her home by a judge in the wake of serious allegations of physical and emotional abuse by her mother … court sources tell TMZ.
There’s a report Ariel is seeking legal emancipation from her mom so she can be with her boyfriend, but that report is false.
Court sources tell us … on October 3rd, after a guardianship hearing, a judge determined the allegations that Ariel was being physically and emotionally abused by her mother Crystal Workman were serious enough that the judge placed Ariel in a temporary guardianship with her older sister Shanelle Workman. Our sources tell us … mama Crystal was ordered to stay 100 yards away from Ariel.
Ironically, we’ve learned Shanelle suffered the same alleged abuse as Ariel. Nearly two decades ago, the Department of Children and Family Services removed her from Crystal’s home based on similar abuse allegations. Law enforcement sources tell us … D.C.F.S. placed Shanelle in foster care for more than 2 years. She never went back to her mother.
According to court records, the judge has set another hearing for November 20.
This is so sad. It plays into the stereotypes I have of child actors and how dysfunctional their home lives are, but this story kind of goes beyond the Lohan, you know? This poor girl. I hope Ariel’s sister is a better guardian for her, and hey… maybe Ariel will end up legally emancipated from her (abusive) parent.