Ariel Winter’s mom reacts to daughter’s allegations that she sexualised her at the age of 12

Days after Modern Family star Ariel Winter alleged that her estranged mother sexualised her from a very young age, Crystal Workman, her mom, has reacted.

tv Updated: Sep 20, 2017 09:10 IST
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Modern Family star Ariel Winter’s estranged mother pleaded with her daughter to mend their relationship. They haven’t spoken to each other in five years, and in a recent interview to The Hollywood Reporter, Winter alleged that her mother sexualised her from a very young age.

“If there was going to be a nude scene when I was that age, my mother would have a thousand percent said yes,” she said.

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Winter escaped her home with the help of her on-set tutor, and was put under the care of her elder sister, whom she barely knew.

Now, her mother, Crystal Workman has spoken out about her 19-year-old daughter in an interview to Inside Edition. She expressed concern over her revealing outfit choices and outspoken persona. “I just want to see her have respect for herself and have some class,” Workman said. “That one in particular, where her leg is raised and she’s holding a martini glass, I saw it and all I could do was cry and feel bad for her.”

“Ariel is starving for attention. I feel that this is a cry for help from my child.”

Workman also spoke about the difficulties she went through. “I lived in a storage space. There was no heat, there was no air for over a year and a half,” she said. “What was difficult about it is that my daughters knew I was living there.”

But she feels it’s time to fix the relationship with her daughter. “Every girl needs her mom and every mom needs her daughter,” she said.

On Monday, Winter took to Instagram to defend her clothing choices.

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“I’d also like to address the tweets I get saying ‘you accused your mother of sexualizing you yet you’re a whore.’ I was a CHILD being dressed like I was 24. I was 8-13 years old. I wasn’t an ADULT as I am now. As you mature at 16, 17, 18, you further develop your own identity and can make decisions for yourself,” she wrote. “As a child, you do as you’re told regardless of what is good for you. I’m an ADULT now, who can make my own choices and have my own identity. And just because I DECIDE to show my body occasionally doesn’t mean I’m unintelligent or that I’m talentless or that I have no self respect,” she continued. “I have EXTREME respect for myself, I HAVE talent and I AM intelligent. We need to move on from this stigma that women who are comfortable with their bodies and their sexuality are ‘dumb sluts,’” she wrote.

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First Published: Sep 20, 2017 09:10 IST