Ariel Winter steps out with sister in L.A. despite family trouble rumors

By Mallory Hatten,

Modern Family star Ariel Winter has been the speculation of some serious legal issues, involving an apparently abusive mother. But the 14-year-old actress isn’t letting the drama get her down, being spotted Friday afternoon with her older sister-turned-guardian, Shanelle Gray, as they headed to a nail salon.

E! News reports that Winter held her sister’s hand tightly as they tried to remain disguised with oversized shades on. The young star had a gloomy look on her face.

According to TMZ, Winter’s grandfather, James Batistas, released a statement on the abuse allegations, which came after the actresses’ mother spoke out in strong denial against any abusive activity in the home.

Batistas wrote in court documents that Winter’s mother – his daughter – was a “very good mother to all the children,” adding, “I have never seen any abuse from my daughter or son-in-law towards my granddaughters neither physical nor emotionally.”

However, it’s important to note that Batistas only sees Winter and her siblings once every two years and lives in Virginia.

Photo Courtesy of INFDaily.com

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