Ariel Winter's dad opposes 'Modern Family' teen star's guardianship
The father of 14-year-old "Modern Family" cast member Ariel Winter has volunteered to take care of his daughter following her court-mandated removal from the home of her mother and his estranged wife Chrisoula Workman, who has been accused of physical and emotional abuse -- allegations she denies.
Winter's dad, Glenn Workman, on Monday filed an objection to a petition submitted by Winter's older sister Shanelle Gray and signed by the actress herself. Gray, 34, was earlier this month granted temporary guardianship of the teenager and is trying to make it permanent.
A hearing over the matter is taking place in a Los Angeles court on Tuesday, November 20. According to the papers, Glenn is not being considered to take over the guardianship.UPDATE: A judge has ruled the Shanelle Gray can continue to act as Ariel Winter's temporary guardian, pending a trial. More details here.
"I want to provide for her a calm loving home environment that is a retreat from the glitz and glamour of Hollywood; a place where she can think and relax without any distractions," Glenn says in his filing, according to the Associated Press, adding that he objections to Gray's claim that he is in no position to care for Winter.
"This whole situation has turned into a circus and places Ariel in a position she should not have to be in," he wrote. "I ask this court to allow me the chance to function as a healthy parent and help Ariel through this ordeal."
He also states that he does not need Winter's money to care for her, the Associated Press reported.
Workman, who is 54 and has worked as a manager for child actors, denied the allegations, telling People magazine on Wednesday: "It's all untrue, it's all untrue. I have my doctor's letter that my daughter's never been abused. I have stylists' letters that she's never been abused."
Winter, who plays Alex Dunphy on the Emmy-winning ABC sitcom, has not commented about the case.
Gray, a former star of the soap operas "One Life To Live" and "The Bold and the Beautiful," stated in her petition that Winter, whose real name is "Ariel W. Workman, "has been the victim of on-going physical abuse (slapping, hitting, pushing) and emotional abuse (vile name-calling, personal insults about minor and minor's weight, attempts to 'sexualize' minor, deprivation of food, etc.) for an extended period of time by the minor's mother, Chrisoula Workman."
The actress' father, Glenn Workman, is "estranged and incapable of properly caring for a minor," according to the documents.
Her son and Winter's 32-year-old brother Jimmy Workman, another former child star who played Pugsley Addams in "The Addams Family" movies, has also said the allegations stated in Gray's lawsuit are untrue. He filed a declaration to the court, stating: "I have never seen any physical or emotional abuse in the home of my parents regarding Ariel."
"I have seen normal mother and daughter arguments and banter back and forth but nothing more," he added. "Counseling was set up for Chrisoula and Ariel to get to the root of their issues and corrected."
He said "issues" between Winter and their mother got "a bit worse" when Chrisoula forced the actress to break up with her18-year-old boyfriend, Cameron Palatas and that days after the split, the teenager was removed from the house and went to live with Gray. He said the two have told him to pick sides and that he does not believe his older sister is the right person to be Winter's guardian.
(Pictured above: Ariel Winter arrives at the 10th Annual Teen Vogue "Young Hollywood" Party with Emporio Armani on Thursday, Sept. 27, 2012, in Los Angeles.)