Ariel Winter’s Custody Battle Rages On: Brother Throws Hat Into the Ring

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Ariel Winter is living out her own "Modern Family" reality. Though her troubles seem to be much darker than the character she plays on TV.

The 15-year-old actress, who's been under the care of her sister Shanelle Gray ever since accusing her mother, Chrystal Workman, of being emotionally abusive, now has another family member fighting to have custody of her.

Winter's older brother, Jimmy Workman – who played Pugsley Addams in the popular "Addams Family" movies of the '90s – filed court documents Thursday asking that Gray be stripped of her guardian privileges.

In the documents obtained by omg!, Jimmy claims Gray is further alienating Winter from her mother by falsely accusing her of abuse, encouraging the actress to refer to herself as "Ariel Winter Gray," and is using Winter's fame as "an advertising commodity for Gray's acting school." He also alleges Gray "allows Ariel to be publicly sexualized," "has a history of drug abuse," "has appeared in public almost nude revealing her private parts," and was estranged from Winter and her mother until Winter became a successful working actress on ABC's "Modern Family."

Jimmy is also asking for control of Winter's estate, claiming her father, who currently oversees the star's business affairs, is "financially sinking" and "does not have adequate experience and knowledge in the entertainment industry," to best manage her money.

Winter has not yet commented on the new development, but Gray's lawyer, Mike Kretzmer, told TMZ, "The allegations are nothing new. We will handle them in court," adding, "Shanelle has taken excellent care of Ariel to date. It's interesting how Jimmy and Chrystal talk about repairing their fractured family, and then make allegations like this."

A court date has been set for October.

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