Mel Gibson once allegedly asked Jewish actress Winona Ryder if she was an ‘oven dodger’

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Mel Gibson, who spouted an anti-Semitic rant during a drunken arrest in 2006, once asked Winona Ryder if she was an “oven dodger,” according to the Jewish actress.

Ryder was at a party with a friend when she ran into the famed Hollywood actor and director, she told the Sunday Times. Gibson allegedly turned to her friend, who is gay, and asked is he’s “gonna get AIDS?” Then, she claims, he turned to Ryder and asked if she was an “oven dodger,” referring to the gas chambers of the Holocaust.

Gibson “tried” to apologize later, Ryder told the Times, but she didn’t go into any more details.

A spokesperson for Gibson did not immediately return a request for comment.

Gibson, best known for movies including “Braveheart” and “The Passion of the Christ,” was briefly as well-known for the 2006 arrest, during which he told the arrest officer that “the Jews are responsible for all the wars in the world.”

In a statement after the arrest, Gibson said there is “no excuse, nor should there be any tolerance, for anyone who thinks or expresses any kind of anti-Semitic remark.”

“I want to apologize specifically to everyone in the Jewish community for the vitriolic and harmful words that I said to a law enforcement officer the night I was arrested on a DUI charge,” he said. “I am a public person, and when I say something, either articulated and thought out, or blurted out in a moment of insanity, my words carry weight in the public arena.”

Neither the DUI nor the 2010 accusations by his then-girlfriend, Oksana Grigorieva, that he hit her so hard while she was carrying their baby daughter that he broke her teeth, have slowed Gibson’s career.

In a leaked tape of their conversation, Gibson also told Griogrieva that it would be her fault if she got “raped by a pack of (N-word).”

Gibson pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor battery charge for hitting Grigorieva, served probation, underwent court-ordered counseling and paid $600 in fines.

By 2016, Gibson was back on track, as “Hacksaw Ridge,” which he directed, drew a $175 million worldwide box office and six Oscar nominations, including best director. The next year, Gibson starred in “Daddy’s Home 2? and currently has at least three movies in various stages of post-production.


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