Mom of 'Modern Family' actress launches defamation lawsuit
Ariel Winter attends the World Premiere of "Batman: The Dark Knight Returns Part 1" at The Paley Center for Media, in Beverly Hills, Calif., Sept. 24, 2012. (AP / Richard Shotwell)
The Associated Press
Published Monday, December 10, 2012 6:47PM EST
LOS ANGELES -- The mother of "Modern Family" star Ariel Winter is suing an associate of her other daughter, saying he called her abusive in the comments of a story about a custody battle for the teenage actress.
Chrisoula Workman filed the defamation and false light lawsuit Monday in Los Angeles. She has been accused of being emotionally abusive to Winter and temporarily lost custody of her daughter in October.
Winter is currently living with her adult sister Shanelle Gray.
The lawsuit names actor Matthew Borlenghi, a teacher at one of Gray's acting studios, as the defendant. It accuses him of falsely calling Workman an "abusive monster" in an online comment posted with a Los Angeles Times story last month.
Borlenghi says he hasn't yet seen the case but has seen comments from Workman that he says are fabricated.