Related: Ariel Winter's Brother Denies Abuse Allegations
Et has obtained court documents showing that the 14-year-old star's older sister Shanelle applied for guardianship of Ariel, alleging that the sitcom actress was a victim of both physical and emotional abuse at the hands of her mother, Chrisoula "Crystal" Workman.
The documents claim that Ariel "has been the victim of ongoing physical abuse (slapping, hitting, pushing) and emotional abuse (vile name calling, personal insults about minor and minor's height, attempts to 'sexualize' minor, deprivation of food, etc.) for an extended period of time by the minor's mother, Chrisoula Workman."
The papers also allege that Ariel's father, Glenn Workman, is "estranged and incapable of properly caring for a minor."
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