Actress and Producer, Winona Ryder, in an interview with The Sunday Times, accused Braveheart star, Mel Gibson, of making anti-gay and anti-Semitic comments. The actress who is known for her role in “Stranger Things” said this after she was asked, during the interview, if she had experienced any antisemitism in the industry.
In the interview, she recounted how the Oscar winner made statements that were homophobic to her at a party. She said, “We were at a crowded party with one of my good friends,” she said. “And Mel Gibson was smoking a cigar, and we’re all talking and he said to my friend, who’s gay, ‘Oh wait, am I gonna get Aids?’ And then something came up about Jews, and he said, ‘You’re not an oven dodger, are you?’”. She even went on to say Gibson tried to apologize for his comments.
However, Ryder’s claims of Gibson making the comments were refuted by Gibson’s representatives. A statement provided by the representatives to Variety read, “This is 100 per cent untrue. She lied about it over a decade ago, when she talked to the press, and she’s lying about it now.” The representative also went further to say Gibson did not try to apologize as he did not make any homophobic or anti-Semitic comments.
Replying to the denial, Winona Ryder released a statement saying, “I believe in redemption and forgiveness and hope that Mr. Gibson has found a healthy way to deal with his demons, but I am not one of them. Around 1996, my friend Kevyn Aucoin and I were on the receiving end of his hateful words. It is a painful and vivid memory for me. Only by accepting responsibility for our behavior in this life can we make amends and truly respect each other, and I wish him well on this lifelong journey.”
This is not the first time Gibson has been accused of anti-Semitic and homophobic behavior. He has been reported to have made derogatory comments throughout his career his outbursts have been exposed publicly on several occasions.
The most popular anti-Semitic comment Gibson made was in 2006 where he said, “The Jews are responsible for all the wars in the world” while being arrested. He later addressed the incident in 2016 and told Variety “It was an unfortunate incident. I was loaded and angry and arrested. I was recorded illegally by an unscrupulous police officer who was never prosecuted for that crime. And then it was made public by him for profit, and by members of — we’ll call it the press. So, not fair. I guess as who I am, I’m not allowed to have a nervous breakdown, ever.”