'Modern Family' Star's Family Drama Now Includes a Rape Charge -- Yikes!


Ariel WinterAs if the whole Elmo story isn't upsetting enough, here comes more news about poor Ariel Winter's mama drama. You may have heard that the 14-year-old Modern Family star has been embroiled in a nasty dispute with her mother recently; her mom lost custody rights when Ariel asked to be put under the care of her older sister. Ariel has accused her mother of abuse, saying she was subjected to “slapping, hitting, pushing” and “vile name-calling and personal insults” for an extended period of time.

Well, the story has taken a sordid and unhappy twist in recent days, since Ariel's mom Chrisoula Workman has now accused Ariel's ex-boyfriend, 18-year-old actor Cameron Palatas, of statutory rape. Not only is Workman saying that Ariel's charges of abuse are revengeful fiction in response to her mother's attempts to end the love affair with Palatas, she's saying she caught the teens in bed together.

And apparently she wants him to go to jail for it.

Workman’s oldest daughter, 34-year-old ex-soap actress Shanelle Gray, won temporary custody of Ariel last month when this whole thing started to blow up. Ariel's mom has since accused Gray of “coming out of the woodwork” thanks to Ariel's recent Modern Family pay raise -- but there's some ugly background between that mother-daughter duo as well. Gray has been reportedly been estranged from Workman for around 20 years after LA officials removed her from Workman’s custody. She was placed in foster care (some are reporting it was actually her grandmother) amidst abuse allegations, and never returned home.

So ... yeah, it's hard to know what the real story is here, but it's obvious this family has had dysfunctional issues for many years. And it's all made even murkier by Ariel's money: Gray is currently asking that Ariel's paychecks be deposited into a new bank account that their mother won't have access to.

There's also a brother involved in this with his own story to tell. Jimmy Workman, who starred as Puggsley Adams in the movie remake of The Addams Family, denies all accusations of abuse, past and present, against their mom.

Their allegations are not true. This is stemming over a boy that is overage, dating my little sister, and my family had no idea about until the end part of it. (...) I was there 20 years ago. I'm almost 32. That stuff didn't happen.

Ariel's boyfriend -- or ex-boyfriend, as multiple reports are saying they are no longer together -- is also an actor, having starred in the Disney series A.N.T. Farm and appeared in cameos in TV series like iCarly. He's now facing charges of statutory rape, thanks to the legal action taken against him by Ariel's mother. According to Workman, this is why Ariel reacted with the abuse allegations:

My 14-year-old daughter has been dating an 18-and-a-half-year-old man, and when I caught them engaging in behavior that I feel my daughter is too young mentally and physically to understand and fully grasp I put a stop to it immediately. Being a teenager ‘in love’ I thought (Ariel) would cry and sulk and eventually her broken heart would heal. I would have never of dreamed, that she would take it to this level.

What. A. Disaster. I have no idea who to believe, but it's unbelievably tragic for Ariel Winter that this is all playing out in the tabloids. I feel like it's particularly awful that her mom is publicly accusing her of having sex, because even if it's true, for god's sake, she's only 14. Maybe her mom truly feels like this is the only course of action that she could take ... but isn't there a privacy law that should be protecting Ariel from having these details end up in the news?

At any rate, it certainly goes to show that being famous at a young age is no guarantee that life will be a cakewalk. I hope for Ariel's sake this all gets resolved quickly.

What's your take on this whole mess with Ariel Winter and her family? Who do you believe?

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Histo... HistoryMamaX3

14 and 18 and in bed together- I don't care about the family drama... that is wrong and should never have been allowed. Charge the mother for improper care of her 14 year old daughter!

Meanwhile, that boy was thinking with his penis... now he's going to pay a mean price for doing something so stupid. This could mean a whole slew of trouble for his future, but I can't really feel badly for him... screwing around with little girls should be a well-known no-no. When you play with fire, you get burned. He made the choice and now he has to deal with it, like a grown-up.

Michelle Kaye

depends on how old he was when they started. was he younger than I hear they broke up months ago.Also the MOther clearly had custody issues as she lost her first daughter and never raised her. And instead of letting the lawyers handle it as they should she is making alot and I do mean alot of noise - maybe the louder - she thinks she is she will get hush money to go away. all this mamadrama makes no sense the star is staying quite why not her own mother? seems fishy to me. and for God sake fix child/teen/sex please. Why can a 14 year old get married in Georgia to an adult?

worki... workingmama86

HistoryMama.... According to Ariel's mom... she didn't allow the 18 year old to be with the 14 year old... did you even read the article? That's the reason why her and Ariel are in this whole mess.


IMO, Ariel is a typical 14 year old girl in this day and age. I can't even count the number of times i have heard of the teenage girl (typically between the ages of 12 and 15) crying "abuse" from their parents when they dont get their way. I know too many girls that have done just that! And I have heard judges say it's typical for that age. Most of the time a judge won't favor the teen without physical evidence. So how the sister won custody is a question I'd like answered. 


I'm not saying abuse is never really the problem... but 9 times out of 10, its the girl manipulating everyone so she can have what she wants! In this case, I am more convinced of the mom's story than I am of Ariel's!

Histo... HistoryMamaX3

workingmama- I've read a couple of the articles, and the mother is not a reliable source of information. Some people claim that she didn't have a problem with it until now. Please, you don't need to call me out on my interpretation of the information until you further research the story from more than a 'the stir' article.

The older sister won custody because she herself was taken away from the same mother years before in similar charges of abuse and has been fighting for over a year to help her sister out of the same mess she knew as a child. I don't know about you, workingmama, but I'm willing to give a bit of credit to a hardworking older sister who has made a wonderful life for herself in-spite of her past history and reach out to help her younger sister escape the same thing over a mother who would pretty much say anything.

Mary Cimino

Here are some facts for you guys via court documents.

The mom filed the complaint with the police department three days AFTER she was taken away and almost two months after is supposedly happened.

The Abuse complaints have been going on over a year, Ariel herself and a producer from her show had made the complaints.

With these facts I don't know who to believe, it could be like they're saying but if the mother was so concerned about her daughter then why wait months afterwards and after she's been taken away to report him?

SaphireH SaphireH

the sex claims from the mom are crap who waits 2 months after? if it were my daughter u bet your damn ass id be on the phone with the cops asap and be filing charges instantly so her claims to me are bogus

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