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Harvey Weinstein 'casting couch' statue appears in Hollywood ahead of Oscars

04 March 2018, 03:54 | Ivan Casey

Los Angeles street artist Plastic Jesus sits on his art installation

Oscars Weinstein Statue

Harvey Weinstein's "Casting Couch", a new sculpture in Hollywood.

A collaboration between "Stop Making Stupid People Famous" Plastic Jesus and naked Trump statue artist, Joshua "Ginger" Monroe, a shiny Weinstein dons a satin rob, grasps an oscar statuette and sits, legs splayed, proudly abusing his power.

The new statue has Weinstein, a pariah in Hollywood now following the countless accusations of his shocking past behaviour, sitting on the casting couch in a robe, clutching an Oscars statue in his hand.

A golden statue of a bathrobe-clad Harvey Weinstein took up temporary sidewalk residence close to the site of Sunday's Academy Awards.

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The Oscars marks the finale of an award season that started with actors wearing all black, in solidarity of fighting against sexual harassment and assault in Hollywood and beyond.

Weinstein was one of the movie industry's most influential men, powering independent movies such as The King's Speech and Shakespeare in Love to Oscar best picture wins.

Visitors have been posing with the Weinstein statue, which is significant given how the producer has been shunned from the Hollywood community since reports of sexual harassment and abuse emerged a year ago. "Hopefully now in the light of recent allegations, against many leading figures in Hollywood the industry will clean up it's act".

On his Facebook page, Plastic Jesus said it took two months to complete the statue, with a little help from a friend who had a similar build to Weinstein.

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In speaking with The Hollywood Reporter about the likeness, Ginger claimed it was created as "a visual representation of the practices and methods that are used in Hollywood with these big powerful people". Underneath the installation is a sign reading, "Casting Couch".

You might recall the embarrassing mistake made a year ago at the Oscars by presenters Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway: They announced the wrong victor for Best Picture.

Weinstein, 65, has been accused by dozens of women of sexual misconduct, including rape. He has denied all allegations of non-consensual sex, but apologised for "the way I've behaved with colleagues in the past".

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