Winona Ryder: Mel Gibson Was a Bigot 15-Years Ago Too

By DANIEL MACHT
|  Thursday, Dec 16, 2010  |  Updated 5:23 PM EDT
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Winona Ryder is no fan of Mel Gibson.

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It’s a given that Mel Gibson’s reputation is now in tatters.

But Winona Ryder says the fallen Oscar-winner first revealed his true colors to her back in his “Braveheart” days, and no one believed her when she said he was bigoted back then. 

Nearly a decade before Gibson was first publicly shamed over vile remarks about Jews and women in a drunk-driving arrest – and way before Gibson’s leaked-tape drama with Oksana Grigorieva – Ryder said the star weirded her out at a party in 1995.

"I remember, like, fifteen years ago, I was at one of those big Hollywood parties. And he was really drunk,” Ryder recalled in an interview with GQ. “I was with my friend, who's gay. He made a really horrible gay joke.”

The “Black Swan” actress said when it "somehow it came up" she was Jewish, Gibson said "something about 'oven dodgers,' but I didn't get it.”

“I'd never heard that before,” Ryder told GQ. “It was just this weird, weird moment. I was like, 'He's anti-Semitic and he's homophobic.' No one believed me!”

Gibson's rep, when contacted by People mag, declined to comment.

Check out Ryder's full GQ interview to see how she fumbles when asked about the incident that tarnished her own reputation and put her career on the skids -- getting busted in 2001 for shoplifting at Saks Fifth Avenue in Beverly Hills.

Selected Reading: GQ, People, E!
 

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