Hollywood Scandals: Gibson Denies Anti-Semitism Allegations by Wynona Ryder

Mel Gibson says renewed allegations of anti-semitic comments leveled against him by Winona Ryder are as false now as they were 10 years ago.

The actress in a recent interview with the Sunday Times claimed Gibson, 25 years ago, asked if she was an “oven dodger,” an apparent reference to her Jewish heritage.

“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 said in the interview. “And then something came up about Jews, and he said, ‘You’re not an oven dodger, are you?’” the actress said, adding Gibson later “tried” to apologize to her. She made a similar accusation in a 2010 interview with GQ.
Gibson’s rep, Alan Nierob, told The Hollywood Reporter Ryder’s story is “100 percent untrue.”
“She lied about it over a decade ago, when she talked to the press, and she’s lying about it now,” Nierob said. “Also, 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.”

The denial may be met with skepticism as the actor-director had a huge fall from grace in 2006 after he made a number of anti-semitic remarks while being arrested for drunk driving, saying in part “Jews are responsible for all the wars in the world.” He went on an apology tour, but was still blacklisted in Hollywood for years before slowly re-emerging with a few acting roles and his directorial comeback, 2016’s Hacksaw Ridge, which won two Academy Awards. Gibson was nominated for best director that year.