After the National Enquirer reported that Ariel is seeking legal emancipation from her parents, Glenn and Chrisoula Workman, the family’s dark secrets quickly spilled into the public spotlight.
Ariel, 14, was removed from Chrisoula’s home by an October court order after allegations of physical abuse that included “slapping, hitting and pushing”, according to one report. The child star is living with her older sister, actress Shanelle Gray.
Shanelle was given temporary custody of Ariel, says a report that has not been refuted, and the older sister was also removed from the mother’s home two decades ago, according to that same report.
Chrisoula claims to have a doctor’s letter that Ariel has never been abused and bizarrely added, “I have stylists’ letters that she’s never been abused.”
Now, with Shanelle remaining publicly silent but clearly lined up against Chrisoula, another family member is taking the mom’s side.
Jimmy Workman, Chrisoula’s son, claims all the abuse charges against his mom are false.
“There is no truth to these allegations,” he told Us Weekly. “The allegations made 20 years ago are not true and the ones today are not true.”
He continued about Chrisoula: “This is a mother who does everything for her kids. Chris misses Ariel and wants her to come home.”
But that seems unlikely to happen any time soon and as the drama plays out in court, Ariel and her older sister have not spoken publicly to refute Chrisoula and Jimmy’s denials.
Ariel stars as Alex Dunphy on the hit ABC sitcom.