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Another of Workman’s attorneys, Nick Pacheco, filed a defamation lawsuit Monday against an actor who teaches at Gray’s studio for allegedly calling his client “an abusive monster” in an online post.

Levanas will not handle that case, but will have to consider a proposal by Ariel’s father to care for her.

Glenn Workman is estranged from his wife but states he would be willing to care for his daughter if Levanas approves. The judge initially rejected his request, citing inconsistent statements Glenn Workman made in court filings and to child protective services investigators.

Ariel’s money isn’t an issue in the case yet. Levanas has not granted Gray any control over the actress’ earnings, a portion of which are automatically deposited into a special account meant to protect child actors.

She 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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