Ariel Winter's mother: I saved her from statutory rape!

Nov 8, 2012 at 10:49 p.m. ET

The case of who, if anyone, is abusing Ariel Winter has taken a new turn. The Modern Family star's mother, once painted as the villain in the press, now insists she's saving her daughter from being the victim of statutory rape!

The Buzz - Is Ariel Winter Being Abused By Her Mother?

There are crazy rumors that Ariel Winter is being abused by her mother. Who is telling the truth?

Ariel Winter's mother is either an abuser or hero, depending on whose story you're listening to.

While the Modern Family actress alleges she's been physically and emotionally abused at the hands of her mother, Chrystal Workman, the accused has an entirely different story to tell.

In a statement released Thursday, Ariel Winter's mom declared, "I love my daughter very much. I would never abuse her in any way and I have always tried my best to always protect her and do what is right for her."

Chrystal Workman continued, "My fourteen-year-old daughter has been dating an eighteen-and-a-half-year-old man, and when I caught them engaging in behavior that I feel my daughter is too young mentally and physically to understand and fully grasp I put a stop to it immediately."

Could Ariel Winter's beef with her mother be boiled down to young love–induced drama? It's likely too soon to judge, but Jimmy Workman, Ariel's brother, has chosen his mother's side in the mudslinging.

As Jimmy explained the situation, "The allegations are not true. This is stemming over a boy who is overage dating my little sister, my family had no idea about until the end part of it. It's not true."

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TMZ states an incident report reveals Chrystal walked in on Ariel and the boyfriend in bed, in the guest room of her home, on Sept. 24 at around 10:00 p.m.

Explaining why she filed the report, Chrystal stated, "Because legally he is an adult and if he wants to engage in adult behavior with a minor th[e]n he should also be ready to suffer adult consequences for his actions."

Curiously, however, the incident report detailing how Ariel Winter's mother prevented statutory rape "wasn't filed until 2 weeks after the alleged incident — and 5 days AFTER she lost custody of Ariel."

Whom do you believe when it comes to the drama surrounding Ariel Winter?

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