Published Jun 23, 2020Mel Gibson is trending again, and as usual it's because he's been accused of anti-Semitism. One year since he was questionably cast as a wealthy Jewish banker in a new film that has fortunately yet to surface, the notorious and controversial actor has been accused of using reprehensibly racist language while speaking to Winona Ryder at a party.
Ryder was interviewed by the Sunday Times, where she revealed the details of a truly awful run-in she allegedly had with Gibson at a party where he was both homophobic and anti-Semitic.
"We were at a crowded party with one of my good friends, 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?'" she recalled. "And then something came up about Jews, and he said, 'You're not an oven dodger, are you?'"
Ryder explained that Gibson "tried" to apologize to her at a later date. She added that she's experienced anti-Semitism on numerous occasions in Hollywood, with one producer once telling her she looked "too Jewish" for a role.
Gibson, meanwhile, was famously recorded saying "Jews are responsible for all the wars in the world" during a DUI arrest in 2006. In 2010, he was recorded making racist remarks (including use of the N-word) in a voicemail to an ex.
UPDATE: In a statement to Variety, a representative for Gibson said Ryder's claims were false. "This is 100% untrue. She lied about it over a decade ago, when she talked to the press, and she's lying about it now," the rep said. "She lied about him trying to apologize to her back then. He did reach out to her, many years ago, to confront her about her lies and she refused to address it with him."