Surprise Harvey Weinstein statue erected near Oscars

Surprise Harvey Weinstein statue erected near Oscars

The golden statue, called "Casting Couch", features a man that looks an very bad lot like Weinstein wearing a bathrobe.

Located at the intersection of Hollywood Boulevard and La Brea Avenue, the sculpture features the disgraced producer-clothed only in a bathrobe and slippers-reclining on a chaise lounge with an Oscar statuette in hand. However, whilst many thought the "casting couch" was a thing of the past it was clearly still a part of the Hollywood culture. It was created by Los Angeles street artist Plastic Jesus and features Weinstein sitting on the couch in a satin dressing gown, pyjama pants, and slippers, clutching an Oscar.

As celebs have brought the #MeToo and #TimesUp protest on the red carpet in the recent award shows - right from the Golden Globes to BAFTA, they are expected to show a similar solidarity at the Oscars as well.

The statue depicts Weinstein sitting on a couch while clad in a bathrobe, holding an Oscar in a suggestively phallic manner.

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.

A gold sculpture of Harvey Weinstein on his infamous casting couch holding an Oscar statue is on display in Hollywood

"The whole couch and the entire image it gives off was to me a visual representation of the practices and methods that are used in Hollywood with these big powerful people", he said.

"Harvey Weinstein became an icon in the entertainment industry", Plastic Jesus wrote on Instagram.

The "Casting Couch" art installation was created by street artist Plastic Jesus.

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According to reports, Weinstein will not be attending this year's Oscars due to the sexual misconduct allegations levelled against him by more than 70 women. The 65-year-old reportedly sought treatment at a facility in Arizona in the midst of the scandal, but he has profusely denied all allegations regarding his apparent behavior.

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