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The father of Modern Family actress Ariel Winter has finally spoken out about the custody battle between her mother and her older sister, who received custody of the 14-year-old after a judge removed her from her mother’s custody.
Glenn Workman filed an objection to Winter’s older sister Shanelle Gray’s attempt to become Winter’s guardian. In the document, which was obtained by E! News, Workman requests that the court “allow [him] the chance to function as a healthy parent and help Ariel through this ordeal.”
Workman also denies Gray’s claim that Winter is estranged from him. “I am her biological father and have always strived to be a constant in her life,” he wrote. He has always “loved her, cared for her, supported her, and assisted her busy lifestyle” and he will “move back to the family residence.”
Winter was removed from her mother Chrisoula Workman’s custody last month, but it was not made public until earlier this month. Chrisoula and Winter’s bother, Jimmy, have claimed that the allegations of abuse against Chrisoula are false from the beginning.
“I have NEVER seen any physical or emotional abuse in the home of my parents regarding Ariel,” Jimmy said in another statement to the court Monday.
Workman also states that there isn’t “anyone better to take care of [Ariel] than her mother and I...I believe it is in Ariel's best interests are served by remaining in the custody of her loving parents.”
Meanwhile, Radar Online is reporting that Child Protective Services has recommended that Gray keeps guardianship.
E! notes that Winter recently broke up with her 19-year-old boyfriend. A source told the site that she “is in a great place, very safe and very happy.”