The confusing, real-life case of Modern Family star, Ariel Winter‘s family drama has had even more plot turns in the past 24 hours. Yesterday, we were just starting to hear from Winter’s brother, Jimmy Workman, who defended his mother against current and past allegations of abuse. The very fact that there was a history of such charges made plenty of people, myself included, a little skeptical of Chrystal Workman. Today, Ariel’s mom is expanding her defense, claiming that the entire fight with her daughter started because Workman found her 14-year-old daughter in bed with the girl’s 18-year-old boyfriend and threw him out of the house. Nothing like a little statutory rape to complicate things.
After losing custody of her daughter, Chrystal Workman seems to be doing everything in her power to save face. She immediately denied the allegations. Then, she went as far as filing a police report that could result in a statutory rape charge if proven to be true. She says that she was just trying to protect and save her daughter. She told E! News:
“I would never abuse her in any way and I have always tried my best to always protect her and do what is right for her. My daughter is in a business that requires you to grow up fast. It’s hard enough being a teenage girl, but it’s even harder when you are in the public eye. However, because you are in the public eye, it doesn’t mean you are no longer in need of good parenting.”
Workman went on to make harsh statements about Ariel’s older sister, who is currently taking care of her little sister. The mother attempts to cast doubt on Shanelle Gray, mentioning that her older daughter has been out of the picture for much of Ariel’s life. One has to wonder if the abuse allegations from 20 years ago had anything to do with this sister not wanting to be too involved with her family.
The fact is that Chrystal Workman might be trying to prove that she’s a good parent, but I don’t think she’s thought this entire thing through. The police are already questioning her statement, wondering if it’s the mother’s attempt to protect her image after the public loss of custody. And really who can blame them? Workman said that her daughter’s relationship had been going on since the beginning of the summer, but she never worried about this statutory rape until after she lost custody of her daughter?
If your daughter was engaging in sexual acts for months with a legal adult at the age of 14 and you did nothing about it, I think most of us would agree that there’s a lapse in responsible parenting there. If you’re upset enough to file a police report about the incident now, weren’t you upset enough to do so at the time? Having this situation come out and distract attention in the middle of a controversy about physical and emotional abuse has to make you question the veracity of the statements being made.
What’s more than that, if this is just an excuse for a fight or a ploy to distract attention, it’s one of the most despicable acts I can imagine. It levels charges at a boy who might night have done anything wrong. It would be an attempt to slut-shame your own daughter in the media because she decided to stand up for herself against an abusive mother. If this statement isn’t true, the fact that Chrystal Workman made it would be completely unforgivable.
There are two very different narratives being told. One is a young girl who was corrupted by a conniving older sister and a predatory older boyfriend that Chrystal Workman didn’t seem too concerned about until after she already lost custody. The other is an abusive mother who punished her daughter for leaving by making false accusations about sex at the age of 14 to the press. Either way, it doesn’t sound like this mom is capable of taking care of her extremely talented daughter.