Winona Ryder says Mel Gibson was homophobic

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Winona Ryder claims that Mel Gibson was homophobic and anti-Semitic when she met him 15 years ago.

The actress told GQ that he had called her an “oven dodger” – a reference to the gas chambers used to kill Jews during the Holocaust.

“I was at one of those big Hollywood parties. And he was really drunk,” she said.

“I was with my friend, who’s gay. [Gibson] made a really horrible gay joke.

“And 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.”

She added: “I was like, ‘he’s anti-Semitic and he’s homophobic’. No one believed me.”

Gibson’s spokesman did not comment.

Ryder is half-Jewish and has spoken before about her relatives being killed in the Holocaust.

Gibson, who has been accused of homophobia before, is struggling to save his reputation after he was arrested in the summer for alleged domestic violence.

In 2006, he declared that Jews were responsible for “all the wars in the world”.

In 1991, he told a Spanish magazine that his posterior was “only for taking a s**t”. He later said he had been drunk at the time.