Ariel Winter’s ugly custody battle just got a lot uglier. Mom Chrystal Workman reportedly tried to leak nude photos of daughter Shanelle Gray in an apparent effort to make her look unfit to care for Ariel. who is currently in Shanelle’s custody.
It doesn’t get any uglier than that between a mother and daughter. But the plot was foiled by a Hollywood publicist who was too appalled to carry out the dirty deed, according to gossip site TMZ.
Now, the whole incident has become wrapped up in the court fight over custody of the 14-year-old “Modern Family” star. Winter, who makes around $100,000 an episode has been trying to free herself from her mother.
As things now stand, Shanelle, 34, was awarded a temporary guardianship over Ariel by a judge in October after Ariel claimed her mother was emotionally and physically abusing her.
In the latest development, publicist Jonathan Hay told TMZ Chrystal contacted him this week, and wanted Shanelle’s nude photos to surface anonymously on the Internet. He said he refused because he thought Chrystal was trying to “sell out her daughter.”
Chrystal, real name Chrisoula, claimed her daughter is just being rebellious and said Ariel got mad because she refused to let her have sex with her 18-year-old boyfriend. But the claim has since been refuted.
Ariel alleged she was slapped, pushed called vile names and subject to personal insults about her weight among other things. The case will go back before the court Dec. 10. Merry Christmas, and click here to follow TheImproper on Twitter for the latest celebrity updates you can trust.