Mel Gibson denies Winona Ryder's claim he called her an ‘oven dodger’

Mel Gibson denies Winona Ryder's claim he called her an ‘oven dodger’

June 23, 2020

Mel Gibson’s representative has denied Winona Ryder’s anti-semitism allegations and says they are ‘100 percent untrue’.

The Stranger Things actress accused Mel of making anti-semitic comments toward her in an interview with The Sunday Times.

During the chat, she claimed the 64-year-old actor asked her if she was an ‘oven dodger’ during a party.

And now, Mel’s representative has dismissed her claims, accusing the 48-year-old star of ‘lying’ about the incident.

The rep told TooFab: ‘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.

‘Also, she lied about him trying to apologise 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.’

In Winona’s original comments, she claimed the actor was also homophobic toward her friend at the same party.

She had said: ‘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?”

‘And then something came up about Jews, and he said, “You’re not an oven dodger, are you?”‘

Winona – who revealed Mel tried to apologise to her at a later date – was particularly upset by the actor’s comments as she ‘had family who died in the camps’.

The Beetlejuice star had previously made the accusations against Mel in a 2010 interview with GQ magazine, when she said ‘no-one believed’ her.

Meanwhile, it has been revealed that Mel ‘is not expected’ to reprise the role of Rocky in Chicken Run 2.

The animated sequel is unlikely to use Gibson’s voice talent for the sequel to his 2000 hit film, two individuals with knowledge of the production told The Wrap.

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