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

A dog named "Sassi" sits next to a golden statue of a bathrobe-clad Harvey Weinstein on Hollywood Boulevard in Los Angeles on Thursday.

The statue is Plastic Jesus's annual pre-Oscars installment in Hollywood, often critiquing the awards show or Hollywood more broadly.

In an "homage" to the Oscar-nominated "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri", the billboards decry Hollywood in light of recent sexual harassment allegations that have rocked the industry (and others, as well). He's denied all allegations of non-consensual sex, but apologized for "the way I've behaved with colleagues in the past".

The message from Joshua "Ginger" Monroe, famous for his "Naked Trump" statues, and Los Angeles street artist Plastic Jesus is impossible to miss.

Harvey Weinstein has returned to Hollywood through a new outdoor installation that is raising eyebrows around town.

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Since 2014, Plastic Jesus has highlighted different issues in Hollywood leading up to each year's Academy Awards.

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. His first installation, propped up just weeks after actor Philip Seymour Hoffman died of a heroin overdose, was of a life-sized Oscar trophy injecting heroin into its arm.

Plastic Jesus tells Deadline that his crew, keeping watch over the artwork, has removed the statue and "sadly, due to the weather, we've not been able to put it back up".

The all-gold statue features Weinstein sitting on his infamous casting couch, which is propped on top of a red carpet. The life size sculpture took 2 months to produce with Ginger taking care of the head and upper body, Initially a casting was taken from a similar sized friend and then Ginger skilfully molded the face to match Weinstein's bloated, unshaven appearance.

The Weinstein Company will now be run by a largely female board after an investor group, led by the businesswoman Maria Contreras-Sweet, paid $500m (£362m) for its assets.

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