Winona Ryder recalls Mel Gibson’s homophobic “painful” comments to Kevyn Aucoin

Winona Ryder has shot Mel Gibson after recalling alleged anti-Semitic statements she made to him in the past, revealing the homophobic “painful” words she says were thrown at her close friend.

The 48-year-old “The Plot Against America” ​​actress says Gibson, 64, made “hateful” comments to the late makeup artist Kevyn Aucoin more than 20 years ago at a party.

“I believe in redemption and forgiveness and I hope that Mr. Gibson has found a healthy way to deal with his demons, but I am not one of them,” Ryder tells the Post. “Around 1996, my friend Kevyn Aucoin and I received his words of hatred. It is a painful and vivid memory for me. “

Ryder also said that the actor, who has been accused of anti-Semitic and homophobic words in the past, needs to clear up his past in order to move on.

“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,” he adds.

In an interview with the Sunday Times, Ryder alluded for the first time to the alleged homophobic comments, as well as the anti-Semitic comments made to him in which he allegedly called her “oven evader,” an offensive term for Jews in the Holocaust, while discussing his inheritance.

“We were at a crowded party with one of my good friends,” he said. “And Mel Gibson was smoking a cigarette, and we are 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 and Aucoin at the Golden Globe Awards 2000.
Ryder and Aucoin at the Golden Globe Awards 2000.Ron Galella Collection via Getty

However, Gibson’s representatives deny Ryder’s allegations.

“This is 100% false. She lied about it more than a decade ago when she spoke to the press, and now she’s lying about it, “the reps said, referring to a 2010 GQ article when Ryder first mentioned the alleged incident.

However, Gibson was fired from his role in Netflix’s highly anticipated sequel to “Chicken Run” on Tuesday after comments surfaced.

The “Braveheart” actor and director was first accused of making anti-Jewish comments in 2006, when he was arrested for a DUI near Malibu, California, and told a police officer that “Jews are responsible for all wars. in the world “and referred to an official woman as” sugar boobs “.

Aucoin, who was openly gay and received an honorary title from Harvey Milk HS for his activism, was a makeup artist for big celebrities like Madonna and Cher and supermodels like Naomi Campbell and Cindy Crawford. Despite his prolific career, Aucoin died in 2002, at age 40, after a battle with acromegaly (a pituitary disorder) and complications from prescription pain relievers.