Harvey Weinstein 'Casting Couch' statue debuts on Hollywood Boulevard pre-Oscars

A Gold Statue Of Harvey Weinstein On A Casting Couch Popped Up In Hollywood

The phrase "casting couch" used to describe the demand of sexual favors for work, may seem a relic of a bygone era but is "still alive and well", he said.

The all-gold statue features Weinstein sitting on his infamous casting couch, which is propped on top of a red carpet. ABC News reports Los Angeles street artists Plastic Jesus and Joshua "Ginger" Monroe collaborated on the sculpture. The statue will reportedly remain in its position on Hollywood Boulevard throughout this weekend, just to make sure no one forgets the many, many bad men that ruled the industry at the Oscars this Sunday. The movie producer is also wearing an open robe and slippers as he holds an Oscar trophy before his crotch.

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Plastic Jesus says it aims to spotlight the entertainment industry's sexual misconduct crisis and the disgraced studio mogul's role in it. "Hopefully now in the light of recent allegations, against many leading figures in Hollywood the industry will clean up it's act".

Weinstein was accused of engaging in sexual misconduct with more than 80 women, including Gwyneth Paltrow and Ashley Judd.

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Plastic Jesus said he and Monroe first considered a standing Weinstein statue but quickly made a decision to incorporate a chaise lounge.

"There's so much about Hollywood that's great and celebrated in the Oscars, but there's also this underbelly of darkness within the industry that we often sweep under the carpet or ignore", Plastic Jesus, formerly a London-based photographer told news agency AP.

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Mr. Weinstein was forced to step down from the company he co-founded in October 2017 after an exposé by The New York Times detailed a slew of sexual misconduct claims against him spanning decades. The producer, who denies all allegations of non-consensual sex, is now still in a rehab facility in Arizona, though he recently spoke out, apologizing to Meryl Streep and Jennifer Lawrence for using their names to dismiss a sexual misconduct class action suit.

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