‘Modern Family‘ actress Ariel Winter has reportedly been removed from her home due to allegations of physical and emotional abuse by her mother, TMZfirst reported on Wednesday. The 14-year old has been placed in a temporary guardianship with her older sister Shanelle Workman. A judge also order her mother, Crystal Workman, to stay at least 100 yards away from her and isn’t allowed contact with her daughter until further notice.
According to TMZ, Shanelle was removed from Workman’s home by the Department of Children and Family Services nearly 20 years ago amid similar allegations. She was placed in foster care for two years and never moved back in with her mom.
Crystal spoke out to People saying that the allegations were 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.”
According to court papers filed on October 3 in L.A., Winter alleges her mother subjected her to “ongoing 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.”
The judge has set the next hearing for November 20.
When we left off last season of Modern Family, Gloria (Sofia Vergara) had just discovered her pregnancy, immediately after Cam and Mitch (Eric Stonestreet and Jesse Tyler Ferguson) found out that their adoption of a baby boy had fell through.
In the premiere, Gloria struggles to figure out a way to break the news to Jay (Ed O’Neill) on his 65th birthday, while Cam and Mitch deal with telling a petulant Lily (Aubrey Anderson-Emmons) that she isn’t going to be getting a baby brother after all. The toddler takes the news well, but immediately adopts the phrase “If I can’t have a brother, then I want..” to try and convince the family to adopt a kitten instead.
Meanwhile, a visibly hungover and unapologetic Haley reflects on her prom and tries to convince Phil and Claire (Ty Burrell and Julie Bowen) to let her freeloading boyfriend, Dylan (Reid Ewing), move in with them.
When Manny (Rico Rodriquez) gets worked up at the prospect of no longer being an only child and spills the beans to Jay about the baby, Gloria reacts dramatically, telling him that she will raise the child herself if he isn’t up for the challenge, but ultimately, Jay says that he is thrilled and ends up being overjoyed with the news.
While I couldn’t help but feel like the laughs are dwindling slightly this season, the show sticks to it’s regular half-hour morsel of sweetness and simplicity. Although predictable, you’re inevitably going to walk away every week with a smile.
“The Modern Family episode finds Claire in charge of an upcoming school dance at the boys’ school. While all the other moms are afraid of Danny’s menacing janitor, fearless Claire forms an unlikely bond with the guy.”
Danny’s got an interesting past, for those of you who might not be quite as into “Desperado” the way I am…he was “…in and out of jail for 11 years. While serving time in San Quentin, he won the lightweight and welterweight boxing titles. Imprisoned for armed robbery and drug offenses, he successfully completed a 12-step rehabilitation program that changed his life.” (Via IMDB) A couple of funny quotes from Danny:
It was the funniest thing I’d ever heard. I’d been in Soledad, San Quentin, Folsom, Vacaville, Susanville, Sierra–and here’s a guy asking, “Can you act like a convict?” I remember I said. “I’ll give it a shot”.