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Mother of Modern Family actress dismisses abuse claims

  • The mother of Modern Family star Ariel Winter has denied that she abused her daughter after a judge temporarily placed the 14-year-old actress in her sister's care.

    "It's all untrue, it's all untrue," Chris Workman, Winter's mother, told People magazine on Wednesday. "I have my doctor's letter that my daughter's never been abused."

    According to court papers, a Los Angeles Superior Court judge last month put Winter, who plays the teenager Alex Dunphy on the Emmy-winning comedy, under the temporary guardianship of her older sister, Shanelle Gray.

    Celebrity website TMZ.com said Winter's mother allegedly slapped and emotionally abused the teen, and had been ordered to stay away from her.

    Gray will retain guardianship of Winter until a November 20 hearing, a judge said.