Modern Family star ‘abused by her mother’

MODERN Family star Ariel Winter has been removed from her home amid allegations she has been abused by her mother.

Winter, 14, who plays brainy teen Alex Dunphy in the hit comedy series, has been placed under the temporary guardianship of her older sister, Shanelle Workman, according to TMZ.

Winter’s mother, Crystal Workman, is accused of physically and emotionally abusing the TV star and court sources say she was ordered to stay 100 yards (91 metres) away from her at a guardianship hearing last month.

TMZ reports that Ariel’s sister suffered similar abuse by their mother and was placed in foster care nearly two decades ago.

Another hearing is reportedly set for November 20.