By Jen Heger – Radar Assistant Managing Editor
During the contentious guardianship proceedings of Modern Family star Ariel Winter her mother, Chrisoula Workman dramatically told the judge, “my daughter is very successful, very successful because of me,” RadarOnline.com is exclusively reporting. “I’m the one who helped get where she is. She didn’t do it on her own.”
The stunning comment came during her older daughter, Shanelle Gray‘s petition to become Ariel’s guardian on October 3.
The judge appointed Gray as Ariel’s temporary guardian pending a hearing on November 20, and also ordered her mother to not have any contact with her teenage daughter. The actress didn’t testify at the hearing.
“I’m waving her appearance in light of her expressed and demonstrated nervousness and anxiety in regard to these proceedings,” Judge Michael Levanas told Workman at the onset of the hearing. However, Winter filed her own legal papers asking that Gray be appointed as her guardian.
Gray testified that she had been placed in foster care as a teenager and that she had suffered physical and emotional abuse inflicted by her mother.
“Your Honor, I just want to hold the position that I have been asked by my sister to a temproary guardian. But I hold the position that I want my mother to get help and I would love my mother and my sister to be able to work out their differences and I would love — I’m holding that position. I’m not trying to take anybody’s money or anybody’s stiff. I don’t want control of the estate any of that stuff. I’m only here for her safety because she’s asked me to be here. That’s why I’m here and not to — I’m only holding that I hope and pray from my past experience that my mother can get help and that his can be better. I just want to say that,” Gray told the judge.
Workman has vehemently denied all accusations of abuse against her daughter.