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In the latest twist in the case of Modern Family actress Ariel Winter’s guardianship, several reports suggest that her mother, Chrisoula Workman, was planning on releasing nude photos of her older daughter Shanelle Workman to win guardianship of Winter.
Radar Online reports that Workman planned on smearing her older daughter’s reputation by putting the photos out. The site obtained text messages that suggest that her legal team wanted to use them to her advantage to win guardianship of Winter back from Shanelle.
“What are you thinking about the caption?” Workman writes in one message to her publicist, Jonathan Hay. “Everything on that photo should show since she is trying to steal my child. Yuck.”
Another message reads, “Let me know when the photo is out.”
Hay confirmed the story to TMZ, saying that Workman had been begging him all week to release the nearly 9-year-old photos. He refused, feeling that Workman is trying to “sell out her daughter.”
He also told TMZ that he is prepared to declare his support for Winter, although he hasn’t been asked to do that yet.
Workman lost custody of Winter back in October, with Shanelle granted temporary guardianship. Late last month, a judge extended the custody case, with the next court hearing set for next week.