‘It is a painful and vivid memory for me’: Winona Ryder doubles down on Mel Gibson antisemitism claims

Gibson has stated that the allegations are ‘100 per cent untrue’

Isobel Lewis
Wednesday 24 June 2020 14:47
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Winona Ryder has doubled down on claims that Mel Gibson made antisemitic comments towards her at party.

During a recent interview with The Sunday Times, the Stranger Things actor alleged that Gibson had referred to her as an “oven dodger” when they met in the 1990s, as well as asking if he was going to “get Aids” from her gay friend.

A representative for Gibson denied the allegations, stating that they were “100 per cent untrue” and accusing the actor of continuously lying about the encounter.

However, Ryder has since returned to stand her ground, telling Variety: “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,” Ryder said.

“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.”

She continued: “Only by accepting responsibility for our behaviour in this life, can we make amends and truly respect each other, and I wish him well on this lifelong journey.”

Ryder first recalled the meeting during a 2010 interview with GQ, adding that Gibson had “tried” to apologise to her.

In his recent response, the Braveheart star denied that this apology had taken place, adding: “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.”

The Independent has reached out to Gibson’s representatives for comment.

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