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Mel Gibson called me an "oven dodger", says Winona Ryder

The actress says that Gibson made homophobic and anti-semitic remarks to her during a party 15 years ago – including calling her an “oven dodger”, in reference to her Jewish heritage.

Winona Ryder at IFP's 20th Annual Gotham Independent Film Awards, New York
Winona Ryder at IFP's 20th Annual Gotham Independent Film Awards, New York
Image: Dennis Van Tine/Starmax/EMPICS Entertainment

ACTRESS WINONA RYDER has claimed that Mel Gibson made anti-semitic and homophobic comments to her at a party 15 years ago.

Speaking to GQ magazine, Ryder said that in 1995 Gibson called her an “oven-dodger” – in reference to the Nazi gas chambers used to murder millions of Jews during the Holocaust.

Ryder, who is half Jewish and was born Winona Horowitz, told the magazine:

I was at one of those big Hollywood parties. And he was really drunk. I was with my friend – who’s gay. [Gibson] made a really horrible gay joke.

And somehow it came up that I was Jewish. He said something about ‘oven dodgers,’ but I didn’t get it. I’d never heard that before.

The 39 -year -old actress has revealed in the past that many of her relatives died in the Holocaust. She said that she was shocked after the alleged incident with Gibson:

I was like, “He’s anti-Semitic and he’s homophobic.” No one believed me!’

The Telegraph reports that a spokesperson for Gibson refused to comment on the accusation, which comes just weeks before his new film – The Beaver – is released. NME reports that the release of the film, directed by Jodie Foster, has been long-delayed in the hope that the furore surrounding the actor might die down.

Gibson had been the centre of intense controversy in recent years, following a string of sexist, racist and homophobic outbursts.

In a recorded telephone conversation released earlier in the year, he appears to tell his ex-girlfriend and mother of his child Oksana Grigorieva that she looks like “a pig in heat” adding: “If you get raped by a pack of n*****s, it will be your fault”.

In 2006, Gibson was also alleged to have told a police officer, who pulled him over on suspicion of drunk driving, that: “The Jews are responsible for all the wars in the world.”

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