December 17, 2010
Winona Ryder: 'Mel Gibson called me an 'oven dodger''
Actor is accused of making further racist comment
Winona Ryder has claimed that Mel Gibson once referred to her an "oven-dodger" at a party more than 15 years ago, in an apparent reference to her Jewish heritage. She said that he made the comment while he was intoxicated during a party in Los Angeles.
"I was at one of those big Hollywood parties," she told GQ magazine. "He was really drunk. I was with my friend, who's gay. [Gibson] made a really horrible gay joke."
She added: "Somehow it came up that I was Jewish. He said something about 'oven dodgers', but I didn't get it. I'd never heard that before."
The Heathers actress, born Winona Horowitz, is half Jewish. Previous interviews with the star have revealed that many of her relatives died in the Holocaust.
Gibson was accused of making anti-semetic comments to a policeman when he was arrested in 2006 on suspicion of drunk driving.
His long-delayed new feature, The Beaver, is set to debut in the US in three months' time. The actor's role is that of a depressed CEO at a toy company. Directed by Jodie Foster, its release has been long-delayed in the hope that the furore surrounding the actor might die down.
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