Winona Ryder: Mel Gibson Was Anti-Semitic, Homophobic 15 Years Ago
Winona Ryder wasn’t surprised by Mel Gibson’s profanity-laced, racially derogatory tirades caught on tape earlier this year. In fact, she claims the actor made offensive remarks to her many years ago.
“Fifteen years ago, I was at one of those big Hollywood parties. And he was really drunk,” Ryder, 39, tells GQ. “I was with my friend, who’s gay. [Gibson] made a really horrible gay joke.”
And he didn’t stop there, the Black Swan actress says. “Somehow it came up that I was Jewish,” Ryder says. “He said something about ‘oven dodgers,’ but I didn’t get it. I’d never heard that before. It was just this weird, weird moment.”
Ryder says she knew of Gibson’s dark side, captured in his outbursts to ex-girlfriend Oksana Grigorieva, long before many others did. She tells GQ: “I was like, ‘He’s anti-Semitic and he’s homophobic.’ No one believed me!”
Gibson has been accused of homophobia before – he made derogatory comments in an early-’90s interview with Spanish newspaper El Paés – and famously made anti-Semitic remarks after a 2006 drunk-driving arrest. When reached, Gibson’s rep had no comment.