Ariel Winter’s mother sues an associate of her adult daughter, Shanelle Workman-Gray, for defamation as her custody battle resumes.
She is claiming Matthew Borlenghi falsely labeled her an “abusive monster” in a comment made about her ongoing custody battle for her teenage daughter.
Huff Post reports Chrisoula Workman filed the defamation and false light lawsuit against Matthew Borlenghi, claiming his comment attached to a Nov. 9 Los Angeles Times online story was false and has harmed her reputation.
Borlenghi teaches at a studio operated by Gray who received temporary guardian of Winters on October 3, 2012 after hearing allegations that her mother was being physical and emotional abusive to her. She is currently seeking permanent guardianship.
As a child Gray was also taken from their mother, due to similar allegations.
The story is centered around Workman’s allegations that her 14-year-old daughter was having an improper relationship with an 18-year-old actor.
“This is a total falsehood,” the comment attributed to Borlenghi states. “The mother is grasping and clawing to find a way not to lose her money-maker, and hide the fact that she is an abusive monster.”
When contacted about the case Borlenghi said “All I can say is that David (Gray) and Shanelle Gray are very close friends of mine and comments that Chris has made are absolutely fabricated.” “The negative comments she’s made about her own daughter in order to try to get custody back of Ariel are truly disgusting.”