Ariel Winter's Brother: "There Is No Truth" to Abuse Allegations

Celebrity News Nov. 8, 2012 AT 8:00AM
Ariel Winter on September 26, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. Ariel Winter on September 26, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. Credit: Nick Rood/Young Hollywood/Getty Images

Ariel Winter's brother is standing by his mother's side.

On Wednesday, TMZ reported that Modern Family actress Winter, 14, had been placed under her older sister Shanelle Gray's guardianship after allegations of physical and emotional abuse emerged against her mother, Chrisoula "Crystal" Workman.

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Us Weekly spoke with Winter's brother, Jimmy Workman, about the allegations against their mother, and he tells Us they are not true.

"There is no truth to these allegations," he said. "The allegations made 20 years ago are not true and the ones today are not true."

Ariel Winter and her mother on July 19, 2012 in Los Angeles, California.
Ariel Winter and her mother on July 19, 2012 in Los Angeles, California.
Credit: Splash News

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According to TMZ's report, Gray was also removed from Workman's home as a young child based on similar abuse claims.

"This is a mother who does everything for her kids," Jimmy told Us. He added about their mother, "Chris misses Ariel and wants her to come home."

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Winter, who got her first acting job at the age of 6, plays brainy middle child Alex Dunphy on ABC's hit Emmy-winning  sitcom.

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