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Harvey Weinstein 'casting couch' statue on display in Hollywood before Oscars

03 March 2018

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.

Ahead of the 90 Academy Awards on Sunday, a Harvey Weinstein statue entitled "Casting Couch" has appeared on Hollywood Boulevard. It depicts the disgraced media titan sitting on a "casting couch", wearing a silk robe and holding an Oscar, a scene reminiscent from so numerous allegation against him.

"Casting Couch" is a collaborative work between a Los Angeles street artist known as Plastic Jesus and Joshua "Ginger" Monroe, designer of 2016's nude Donald Trump statues placed in major U.S. cities.

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As Hollywood prepares for the Academy Awards aka Oscars 2018, a massive golden couch has created huge buzz online. "His power and influence was nearly without compare", the Instagram post adds. "Hopefully now in the light of recent allegations, against many leading figures in Hollywood the industry will clean up it's act".

He was sacked from the company that bears his name, banned from the Producer's Guild of America and expelled from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

The stunt follows another action by fellow street artist Sabo, who covered three LA billboards with tarpaulins this week that accused the film industry of covering up child abuse.

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However, the likes of Peter Crouch and Stephen Ireland will not be ready to appear due to an ankle and calf injury respectively. In addition to that, this should also be a high scoring game since both teams love to score goals and can't defend.

While it's unclear how long the statue will remain on the street - or if it will still be there on Oscar Sunday - the artists say the installation took two months, which including making a cast from "a similar-sized friend" and molding "the face to match Weinstein's bloated, unshaven appearance", the artists wrote on Instagram.

Ginger-the artist behind the naked Donald Trump statues that made waves in 2016-then explained where the idea of posing Weinstein on the couch came from. It was paid for by donations through their websites.

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Harvey Weinstein 'casting couch' statue on display in Hollywood before Oscars