After a lengthy court battle, Modern Family star Ariel Winter is now under the permanent guardianship of her 35-year-old sister Shanelle Gray.
A Los Angeles judge granted the order and gave Ariel's father Glenn Workman guardianship over her finances. Both orders will be effective until the 16-year-old actress turns 18 on January 28, 2016.
The controversy started in 2012 when Shanelle was granted temporary custody following allegations that Ariel had "been the victim of ongoing physical abuse (slapping, hitting, pushing) and emotional abuse (vile name calling, personal insults about minor and minor's height, attempts to 'sexualize' minor, deprivation of food, etc.) for an extended period of time by the minor's mother [Chrisoula 'Crystal' Workman]..." Ariel's mother has denied the allegations.
"It's all untrue, it's all untrue," Crystal declared to People
in 2012. "I have my doctor's letter that my daughter's never been abused. ... I have stylists' letters that she's never been abused."