Mel Gibson and Winona Ryder have been wrapped up in a row after she claimed that he made anti-Semitic comments to her.
The actress said she referred to her as an “oven evader” in an apparent reference to her Jewish background.
Gibson’s representative said Ryder’s allegations, which he made in 2010 and repeated in a recent interview with The Sunday Times, were “100% false.”
Ryder responded by stating again that she and a deceased friend had been “on the receiving end of their hateful words.”
The Stranger Things actress described the alleged encounter as “a painful and vivid memory.”
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Ryder first made the claims in an interview with GQ in 2010. She told the Sunday Times this weekend: “We were at a crowded party with one of my good friends, and Mel Gibson was smoking a cigarette, and we’re all talking and he said to my friend, who is gay, ‘Oh wait, am I going to get AIDS?’
“And then something came up about the Jews, and he said, ‘You’re not a furnace evader, are you?'”
Ryder, 48, said Gibson, 64, had tried to apologize to her at a later date.
The representative for the Braveheart star disputed Ryder’s version of events, however, accusing her of “lying” about the alleged comments and apologies.
Gibson, he claimed, “approached [Ryder], many years ago, confronted her for her lies and refused to speak to him. “
Ryder responded by offering further details, including that the encounter occurred “around 1996.”
“I believe in redemption and forgiveness and I hope Gibson has found a healthy way to deal with his demons, but I am not one of them,” he said in a statement.
“Only by taking responsibility for our behavior in this life can we make peace and respect each other, and I wish him well on this lifetime journey.”
Ryder, whose father is Jewish, was born Winona Laura Horowitz in 1971. In the Sunday Times, she said that she was “not religious” but identified as Jewish.
Chicken Run sequel
It is not the only time that Gibson has been accused of using the term offensive, which alludes to the mass murder of Jews in Nazi death camps during World War II.
In 2012, screenwriter Joe Eszterhas accused the actor of using it while working on a movie about the Jewish hero Judah Maccabee.
Gibson, who made widely documented anti-Semitic comments when he was arrested for driving under the influence in 2006, called Eszterhas’ claims “falsifications.”
This week it was announced that Britain’s Aardman Animations has partnered with Netflix to do their next Chicken Run sequel.
It has not been confirmed whether Gibson, who voiced the Rocky rooster in the 2000 original, will return to the role.
According to The Wrap, however, he will not be invited again when the film goes into production next year. The BBC has reached out to Netflix for comment.
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