On Wednesday, Nov. 7, TMZ reported that the 14-year-old star had been removed from her home and placed under the temporary guardianship of her older sister, Shanelle Gray, amid allegations of physical and emotional abuse against Workman. The site also claimed that a restraining order had been put in place, forcing the actress' mom to stay 100 yards away from her.
Us Weekly spoke with Winter's brother, Jimmy Workman, who says that the allegations against his mother are false.
In any case, Winter, who plays brainy middle child Alex Dunphy on ABC's hit sitcom, seems determined not to let the ordeal interfere with her work. Leaving her sister's home in Los Angeles -- where she has been staying amid all the drama -- she hid her usually smiling face beneath a New York Giants cap and oversized sunglasses and got a ride to Fox Studios, where Modern Family is filmed.
"It's a very sad situation," Winter's mom told Us. "Very sad."