Modern Family actress involved in family abuse claims

Reports today are claiming that Modern Family youngster Ariel Winter has taken out a restraining order against her own mother, following claims of abuse.

The 14-year-old, who plays the role of Alex Dunphy on the sitcom, filed a guardianship petition with her older sister Shanelle Gray in Los Angeles that claimed her mother had committed “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.”

Winter has been in the temporary custody of her sister, who was also removed from the custody of her mother two decades ago due to similar abuse allegations.

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