PICTURE: Ariel Winter Bonds With Sister Shanelle Amid Abuse Allegations Against Mom

Celebrity News Nov. 11, 2012 AT 2:00PM
Ariel Winter departs with her sister Shanelle and niece Skyler, November 10th, 2012 Studio City, CA Ariel Winter departs with her sister Shanelle and niece Skyler, November 10th, 2012 Studio City, CA Credit: WOLF/NPG.com

Ariel Winter is putting on a brave face in the wake of her behind-the-scenes family drama.

Removed from her mother Chrisoula "Crystal" Workman's home Oct. 3 amid allegations of physical and emotional abuse, Winter, 14, was placed under the temporary guardianship of her older sister, Shanelle Workman. TMZ, which revealed Winter's custody woes Nov. 7, reports that Winter's mother was ordered to stay 100 yards away from the actress.

PHOTOS: Stars at court

On Saturday, three days after news broke of Winter's struggle, the Modern Family actress was spotted in Los Angeles bonding with her older sister and her niece Skylar. Clad in a pink dress, Winter carried a matching clutch as she flashed a quick smile to nearby photographers.

VIDEO: Young Hollywood's most stylish celebs

As Shanelle Workman comes to her sister's aid, others close to Winter -- who plays Alex Dunphy on ABC's comedy -- call the claims of abuse at the hands of Chrisoula Workman completely untrue.

PHOTOS: Stars who survived abuse

"There is no truth to these allegations. The allegations made 20 years ago are not true, and the ones today are not true," Winter's brother, Jimmy Workman, told Us Weekly when reached for comment last week. "This is a mother who does everything for her kids. Chris misses Ariel and wants her to come home."

comments powered by Disqus

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT