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Harvey Weinstein statement art in Los Angeles

Harvey Weinstein statement art in Los Angeles

A golden statue of a bathrobe-clad Harvey Weinstein, seated regally atop a couch with an Oscar in hand, took up temporary sidewalk residence close to the site of Sunday's Academy Awards.

Over 70 women, including top actresses like Gwyneth Paltrow, Uma Thurman, Salma Hayek and Angelina Jolie have accused the Hollywood mogul of sexual assault.

That's part of the point, says one of the sculpture's creators. Weinstein, who has sought treatment at an Arizona facility, has repeatedly denied any instance of nonconsensual sex, but the claims helped spark the #MeToo and Time's Up movements.

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 work is titled "Casting Couch".

If these look somewhat familiar that's because the same conservative street artist, Sabo, created posters denouncing Meryl Streep in the wake of the Harvey Weinstein allegations and her alleged knowledge about his behavior.

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Not even a statue of Harvey Weinstein will make an appearance near this year's Oscars.

"However, whilst many thought the "casting couch" was a thing of the past it was clearly still a part of the Hollywood culture", wrote Plastic Jesus on his Instagram post. "His power and influence was nearly without compare", the Instagram post adds.

According to the artists, the Weinstein sculpture took nearly two months to be crafted.

The unveiling of the statue came just days before the 2018 Oscars. "Hopefully, now in the light of recent allegations against many leading figures in Hollywood, the industry will clean up its act".

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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