In an interview with The Sunday Times, Winona claimed that in order to make her cry more, Coppola, 81, began shouting insults at her, including “you whore!”
Francis Ford Coppola released a statement to People Magazine:
“While I think Winona is a wonderful actor, the incident she described is not how it happened, and shouting or abusing people isn’t something I do as a person or as a filmmaker."
“In this situation, which I remember clearly, I instructed Gary Oldman—in character as Dracula—to whisper improvised words to her and the other characters, making them as horrific and evil as he could. I don’t know what was said, but improvisation is a common filmmaking practice”