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'Modern Family' star's mom cut out of showbiz
Superior Court Judge Michael Levanas praised the family and their attorneys, saying, "I do believe things are going to get better."
An initial report by child protective services found evidence of emotional abuse, but claims of physical abuse were deemed inconclusive, Levanas said last month.
Since October, Ariel, who turns 15 in January, has been living with Gray, an actress who has appeared on "The Bold and the Beautiful" and operates acting studios with her husband. Gray's attorney has said she was subjected to similar abuse by her mother and that state authorities removed her from Chrisoula Workman's home when she was a teenager.
The actress' brother, Jimmy Workman, said after the hearing that Gray's claims were overblown and the family had been close until recently. "My mother is a loving, caring sweet individual who's done everything for her children," he said.
The trial would have likely featured testimony from various family members and acquaintances about the abuse claims lodged against Chrisoula Workman. She had contended Gray was an unfit guardian and had sought detailed financial information to try to prove her claim.
Guardianship cases in California are public record. Gray's attorneys requested the case and its proceedings be sealed, but a judge refused. The case was filed under Ariel's birth name, Ariel Workman, in part to avoid attention.
Ariel has several projects in the works and already has a lengthy resume of appearances on TV series such as "ER" and "Phineas and Ferb" and movies such as "Kiss Kiss Bang Bang," ''Ice Age: The Meltdown" and "ParaNorman."
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