Settlement reached in 'Modern Family's' Ariel Winter guardianship case

By Shaunice Conyers,

A settlement in the guardianship case of Modern Family star Ariel Winter has been reached.

The Associated Press reports the settlement comes just ahead of when the case was due to begin trial. Winter's mother, Chrisoula Worman, agreed to drop the case provided her daughter watch a video montage of family photos.

Daniel Murphy, the Superior Court Judge agreed and Winter and her sister Shanelle Gray looked on with tears as family photos from their childhood years were shown. Winter left without saying anything, but Murphy uttered it was her choice of whether or not she wanted to see her mother.

The Modern Family actress has been living with her sister for the past two years after Gray won temporary guardianship over Winter due to allegations their mother was emotionally and physically abusive.

Child protective services say that while evidence for emotional abuse was discovered, the physical abuse claims could not be substantiated. Her father was given control of Winter's finances and will have to make periodic reports over it until she reaches the legal age.

Gray and Workman released a joint statement expressing how, "The family has moved beyond the conflict."

Radar Online reported last month how Workman was able to get subpoenas issued to several banks, including Bank of America, Morgan Stanley Smith Barney LLC and City National Bank, looking to have them give up any documents related to Winter's finances. However, Winter's father filed three separate motions to revoke the subpoenas.



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