If the Ariel Winter drama hasn’t left you deeply confused and wanting to bash your own head against a Modern Family box-set, then you deserve a medal. Essentially, the comedy actress is at war with her own mother after she filed a police report on October 6, 2012, saying that she found her daughter and boyfriend Cameron Palatas in bed together despite a 4-year age difference.
Now it has emerged, via the New York Daily News, that Ariel and Cameron ended their courtship “way before” the young actress made the headlines last week. “They have been broken up for several months…It is really unfortunate Ariel's mom has drug Cameron through the mud here. Everything her mom has said has been untrue”. So why would Ariel’s mother lie about something like that? Well, we’re not the wiser, but she’s sticking by her original story, saying, “Yes, I stand by (the police report)…I can’t say anything more. This is a very sad situation. Just pray for my family.” A Los Angeles judge handed temporary guardianship of Ariel to her older sister Shanelle Gray last month, so this is likely to have something to do with the drama ensuing in the household.
In a statement released last week, Workman said she was forced to intervene in her daughter’s love life, “My fourteen year old daughter has been dating an eighteen and a half year old man and when I caught them engaging in behavior that I feel my daughter is too you mentally and physically to understand and fully grasp I put a stop to it immediately,” she said. No doubt we’ll have more soon.
TMZ brought the news to light last week that the Modern Family star Ariel Winter had been placed under the guardianship of her older sister Shanelle Workman, after accusing her mother, Chrystal Workman, of emotional and physical abuse. This week, as more testimonies come forward in support of both sides of the argument, the whole thing seems incredibly tangled and no one outside the drama can tell where the truth lies.
According to a source that worked on The Chaperone, a film in which Winter co-starred, Winter's mother was controlling and overly critical, making comments to the directors and writers. She also, apparently, bossed around the production assistants. However, the source added that her behaviour didn't seem abusive. Chrystal has also accused Ariel's boyfriend, Cameron Palatas of statutory rape, after having found the 18 year old in bed with Ariel, who is just 14. Now, Sterling Beaumon, a close friend of Winter has said that she is "She's in a much better situation now" living with her sister, which seems to imply that the accusations are true. He added "I can say that [Ariel is] not lying ... there's no reason for her to lie about something like this."
As yet there has been no public statement from Ariel, her own publicists or anyone from Modern Family. Although we certainly hope the accusations aren't true, for now we'll have to keep speculating, and merely hope that wherever Ariel is she's safe and happy.