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Judge to decide if ‘Modern Family’ teen star should stay away from mother

A judge is set to consider Tuesday whether “Modern Family” teen star Ariel Winter should stay away from her mother, a Montrose resident who has been described in court documents as physically and emotionally abusive.

L.A. County Superior Court Judge Michael Levanas will review whether the 14-year-old should continue living with her sister, who has temporary guardianship of the actress. The judge Oct. 3 temporarily stripped Chrisoula Workman of custody of her daughter.


Workman has denied all accusations of abuse and filed more than two dozen declarations from friends, acquaintances, stylists and others saying they never witnessed any abuse. Winter’s father, Glenn Workman, also filed an objection to the guardianship late Monday, stating he wants a better relationship with his daughter and would be willing to care for her.

Winter has been in the care of her adult sister, Shanelle Gray, who was removed from Chrisoula Workman’s care in the 1990s amid accusations of abuse.


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-- Andrew Khouri, Los Angeles Times