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Ariel Winter's Mom Planned To Use Risque Photos To Win Daughter Back

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Dec. 6 2012, Published 1:30 p.m. ET

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By Amber Goodhand - News Editor

Ariel Winter's mother attempted to have risqué photos of her daughter, Shanelle Workman, released and wanted to use them in court in an effort to win custody back of her Modern Family star daughter, has exclusively learned.

Crystal Workman lost custody of Ariel, 14, and in an attempt to win her back she wanted to smear Shanelle's reputation by releasing the photos and in text messages exclusively obtained by, she alleges her legal team planned to use them in her favor once they were out.

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"What are you thinking about the caption?" Crystal wrote in a text message to the publicist, Jonathan Hay, that she tried to enlist to release the photos.

"Everything on that photo should show since she is trying to steal my child. Yuck." has vetted the text messages, and they are verified to be from Crystal.

"Let me know when the photo is out," Crystal continued.

As exclusively reported on Wednesday, Crystal contacted Jonathan and asked him to orchestrate the release of the photos under the guise that it did not come from Crystal.

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"In all my years of being a publicist, I have never seen anyone stoop as low as wanting to sell out and destroy the reputation of her own daughter. Crystal said she wanted the public to see Shanelle for who she really was and smear her daughter in attempts to try and get custody back of Ariel," Jonathan exclusively told

"Crystal has called me nonstop in the last 48 hours, trying to get me to leak these pictures. Clearly, Ariel is in the right place with Shanelle and away from her mother."



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